Our mission here at atlantic-community.org is to end the exclusivity of foreign policy discourse and give a voice to a new generation of thinkers as well as to strengthen the transatlantic partnership. Therefore, we are proud to feature our top five articles from the first category of the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" policy workshop competition, with ideas for encouraging ownership and identification with NATO among its member nations and publics.
We encourage all of our members to give their feedback in the comments section and offer their own thoughts on the ideas presented, as well as adding their own policy recommendations. The Atlantic Memo will feature the best of all the proposed ideas, so while the shortlisted authors will write the memo, everyone's ideas could be included. Help us create a great memo and let NATO know what Atlantic Community thinks! UPDATE: The Atlantic Memo has been published and the winners announced!
Also, if you are a citizen of a NATO Member or Partner country 35 years old or younger, you can still participate in categories 2 and 3. Articles for "Partnerships after the Arab Spring" are due by March 15 and articles for "Smart Defense" are due by April 5. Both still offer the first place prize of 500 EUR and a trip to Berlin, with the runner-up receiving a 250 EUR prize.
Entrants in Category 1: Values and Community were asked the following question:
NATO's New Strategic Concept "reconfirms the bond between our nations," not only as a group of nations committed to collective security, but as "a unique community of values, committed to individual liberty, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law." Yet while the Alliance is functioning and the values which bind it are fundamental to each of its members, NATO is too often seen by the people of its member nations as "they" rather than "we." Many Americans tend to think of NATO as a primarily European organization, decreasingly relevant to American interests, while many Europeans view NATO as an embodiment of American presence in Europe, rather than a true alliance.
Question: How can NATO encourage ownership and identification among its member nations and their publics? How can it turn “they” into “we”?
The articles will be published in the following order:
Monday, February 27: By the Numbers: How Quantifying State Action Can Lead to a Better NATO | Andrew Barr
Tuesday, February 28: NATO's Public Diplomacy Overload | Daryl Morini
Wednesday, February 29: NATO Academies: Learning Together, Training Together, Feeling Together | Stephanie Baulig
Thursday, March 1: Sharing Values and Saving Money Through Citizen Ownership | Megan Ann Reiss
Friday, March 2: NATO and Corporate Social Responsibility | Costinel Anuta
We received an amazing 78 submissions for this category, so there were many outstanding articles that unfortunately did not make the cut. We have published a selection of the best remaining articles, with even more ideas and policy recommendations.
Top image adapted from Coopération Inter-Européenne, a historic NATO poster campaign