Topic of the Month: The Future of Health Care

This August, we will be dealing with the topic of Digitalization and the Future of Health. While the debate around the future of health care has been highly politicized, we would like to look beyond the discussions on Capitol Hill and examine the future of health, as the digitalization of health and medicine promise to change health care as we know it View.

Atlantic Expedition: Modernizing Transatlantic Relations

The Atlantic Expedition, a German-American fellowship program, aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. Throughout the program, participants from both sides of the Atlantic discuss and implement creative and innovative ideas on how to modernize transatlantic relations. View.

NATO's Biggest Mistake and Lessons Learned

As part of the "Shaping Our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016" competition, 30 students and recent graduates from 13 countries wrote about NATO's mistakes, and how the Alliance can learn from them. Read their thoughts on the Kosovo intervention, NATO's decision not offer Russia membership, and NATO's public relations "failure" here. View

Preparing for NATO 2026

Read about the Battle for Tallinngrad, eco-friendly armies, hybrid warfare, NATO's midlife crisis, trouble in the Arctic, terrorism, the Alliance's preparedness to deal with threats from Space, and more.
These are the ideas 34 students and recent graduates from 12 countries developed to help NATO prepare effectively for 2026. View

 

 

TTIP Criticisms: Based on Myths or Reality?

TTIP Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the most ambitious project of transatlantic cooperation today. While proponents highlight the benefits, certain features are increasingly under public scrutiny, threatening the finalization of the deal. Atlantic Community brings both sides together to host a critical debate on the merits of their respective claims. View

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The best policy ideas go into our memo workshop, where Atlantic Community members debate the issues and look for consensus.
Recommendations that are supported by Atlantic Community members get collected into Atlantic Memos, our policy papers which we present to decision makers.
The Atlantic Community editorial team works to get our Memos in the hands of top policymakers, who periodically offer their feedback on atlantic-community.org.
By crowdsourcing the best ideas from our members and getting their voices heard by influential players in Europe and North America, Atlantic Community is helping to shape the debate and future policy.

NATO Assistant Secretary General Responds to Member Questions

Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović has answered ten questions from atlantic-community.org members and friends. Read her responses on NATO policy on women’s rights, UN resolution 1325, Afghanistan, Arab spring, and the Balkans. View
 

Exclusive Q&A with Ambassador Grabar-Kitarovic on Women, Peace and Security

In celebration of the 12th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, atlantic-community.org invites you to participate in our next Q&A session with NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. She will be answering questions on "Women, Peace and Security". View
 

Europe Needs Not More, But Better Integration

Before they demand more Europe, pro-Europeans have to say how citizens can stay in control of the process. The grand project of finally making the European Union into a true economic union and finally risking the step to create a true political union after more than five decades will only be successful if citizens see themselves as part of the process. View
 

How to Reduce Green on Blue in Afghanistan?

The increasing number of insider attacks have been a serious issue for the coalition forces in Afghanistan. However, there are a number of reasons behind these attacks. The issue of cultural sensitivity is one of those major elements. In order to build relationships, the US military should first win the hearts and minds of those who work for them. View
 

Obama vs. Romney: Fighting to Be Different

Tomorrow marks the second US presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The debate, in a town meeting format, will include not only domestic policy but also foreign policy. How do the two candidates approach the outside world? Here is a look at five main foreign policy issues: trade; conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan; Israel-Palestine; Iran; and Russia. View
 

Gaining the Upper Hand Over the Iran-Hezbollah Axis

Syria's civil war has left the region's revolutionary axis vulnerable. Tehran and Hezbollah are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy against their perceived enemies. Apart from putting more pressure on Tehran, designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the EU would help Western powers dry up financial sources in several European countries. View
 

From Energy Security Towards Climate Protection

Due to the finiteness of fossil fuels, the development of a low-carbon industry has become an economic necessity. A new approach to energy security that goes beyond NATO's current "safeguard foreign energy supply" is in dire need. A focus on secure energy after "the age of oil" is therefore in. View
 

The Deputy Secretary General of NATO Responds to Your Questions

Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow, has answered your questions! Here we have published his responses to ten of your questions, on a broad range of topics covering NATO's post-summit agenda. These topics include the NATO presence in Afghanistan, the conflict in Syria, relations with Russia, the operation in Libya, Smart Defense, missile defense, and NATO's role in the Caucasus. Make sure to let us know what you think. View
 

Divided We Fall: The Case of ASEAN

The unprecedented disunity within ASEAN can be attributed to both internal and external factors. With rising tensions between China and the Philippines, and neighboring states picking one side or the other, the emerging US-Chinese rivalry for regional influence further threatens the institutional cohesion and economic collaboration of ASEAN. View
 

Applying Moscow's Take on Responsibility to Protect to Syria

The Syrian crisis marks the ultimate test for the responsibility to protect norm. The inability of the UN Security Council to reach a timely consensus does not only harm Syrians, but weakens the concept that shields populations from crimes against humanity. Instead of criticizing the vetoing of resolutions, Western powers must persuade Russia and China to propose their own visions of the norm. View
 

The Pitfalls of Aid After the Arab Spring

Population growth, limited perspectives for youth, and old societal structures combined with serious environmental and economic challenges render most Middle Eastern countries prone to crisis, if not collapse. The Arab spring could be only the first taste of things to come. View
 

Germany-Turkey-United States as a New Triple Entente

The on-going conflict in Syria, the anti-American/anti-Western nature of protests in the Middle East, increased Green on Blue attacks, among other issues has created a new set of geopolitical challenges. Could these challenges be better pre-empted by channelling smart defence through a more robust Germany-Turkey-United States partnership in order to advance NATO states' collective interests? View
 

At the Table with Iran: Progress Depends on Right Order of Steps

The order of steps undertaken within the West’s coercive dual-track approach has to be altered; the lifting of sanctions and recognition of Iran's right to nuclear energy is required to reach a diplomatic solution. Refusing to do this will only play into the hands of Iranian hardliners and those who argue that the West is prohibiting outsiders from joining the nuclear club. more View
 

The New Great Game in Central Asia

Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman interviews Professor Alex Cooley on the geopolitical role of Central Asia, and how outside powers - Russia, China, and the United States - are competing for influence in the region, as the British and Russian empires did a century ago. View
 

Your Ideas, Your NATO: A Look Back

Atlantic-community.org’s 2012 policy workshop competition "Your Ideas, Your NATO" featured many outstanding articles from students and young professionals, produced innovative policy ideas for the Atlantic Memos, and received enthusiastic feedback from decision makers. Editor-in-Chief Joerg Wolf takes a look back at the five months in a video statement featured in this article. View
 

Editors' Picks for Your Summer Reading

You can download for free two new eBooks based on our Iran theme week and other atlantic-community.org member articles selected by the editorial team. Enjoy stimulating summer reading on your eReader or a PDF printout. View
 

Responding to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy appeared at atlantic-community.org's policy debate in Berlin yesterday via video, offering her reaction to the three Atlantic Memos... View
 

Policy Makers Respond to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

After the teams of finalists in the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" policy workshop produced three innovative Atlantic Memos, the editorial team has set out to put them in the hands of policy makers from key NATO Member states. The Canadian Defense Minister, members of the Canadian and Norwegian assemblies and a Policy Advisor for the Dutch House of Representatives have responded to the memos from our policy workshop! Read the article to find out which proposals they support and see policy influence in action. View
 

James Appathurai's Answers on Partnerships in Asia

The NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy has responded to your questions and policy recommendations! In this second installment, he discusses NATO’s stance in Asia and how new powers like China and India impact the Alliance’s goals. View
 

International Women's Day 2012

Atlantic-community.org is proud to launch its first Atlantic Insights ebook. To mark International Women’s Day 2012 we are republishing the three winning articles from our “Women on Transatlantic Security,” competition, in a new downloadable format. View
 

James Appathurai's Answers on Global Partnerships and the Arab Spring

The NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy has responded to your questions and policy recommendations! In this first of two installments, he answers questions about cooperation with countries touched by the Arab Spring, discusses an Atlantic Memo proposal for a Global Partnership Council, and many more. View
 

Building Partnerships: Q&A with NATO's James Appathurai

Join Atlantic Community for our first Question & Answer session of 2012. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai will be taking your questions on NATO partnerships and regional initiatives, and answering in a video response. View
 

Transatlantic Leadership by Example: Toward Inclusive Climate Change Policy

Memo 29: The United States and the EU countries need to lead by example on climate change in order to reestablish moral authority. Environmental sustainability should be made part of the criteria for diplomatic relations. An online and democratic global patent pool will enhance technology transfers. View
 

Governance Rules and Disclosure of Funding Sources

Atlantic-community.org publishes articles on a wide range of transatlantic policy issues from many opponents, critics, and supporters. The Atlantische Initiative, publisher of atlantic-community.org, occasionally accepts funding for these projects (e.g. theme weeks) from various branches of government and private sector organizations. View
 

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