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With two overseas wars winding down, the United States will reevaluate its position in the world with a new strategic focus. Now more than ever, the United States must concentrate on stability, security and balance. Realism offers the solution for these goals without conflict and protracted wars. ...More
Alexander M Battaglia:
The Atlantic Initiative and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation organized a breakfast in Berlin to watch the US election results, concession and victory speeches. The majority of the 300 mostly young people seemed overjoyed that Barack Obama had won, yet looked upon the next four years with a weary and restrained hope. ...More
19 NATO and partner nations enhanced their interoperability at the US Army Europe's training event "Sabre Junction 2012" in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 6,000 personnel and hundreds of military aircraft and vehicles participated in the month-long exercise. It was the largest of its kind in Germany since the end of the Cold War. ...More
The nuclear submarine fleets of Britain and France are in need of replacement. Both countries and their defense industries should build a single co-produced platform. This "Eurosubmarine" might initially be designed to fully replace each nation’s fleet in an economical way, but could eventually lead to a joint European nuclear deterrent. ...More
Peter J Fusco:
The Obama administration is setting a very dangerous global precedence for sending drones over borders to kill enemies (sometimes innocents). These drone strikes lack the congressional oversight of the executive branch. At the same time, employing drones qualifies as a "moral hazard." ...More
Aaron D. Fernando:
Terrorism is very much a disease: it is better to take preventive measures to stop it in the first place. The American approach does not take this bigger picture into account. In focusing on killing individuals, the United States is losing the greater war and helping societies to become ever more radicalized. ...More
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". ...More
America must step up its support of aid to the Syrian opposition in the form of weapons and must increase its intelligence assets to provide a more informed picture of who should receive this support. By expanding its capabilities within Syria, the United States will be able to shape the events acceptable to Syrians and Americans and will not have to depend on Saudi Arabia influence in the country. ...More
The US and the EU should tread carefully in their policy on Syria, as an increase of weapon supply to rebels advocated by some Arab countries and American politicians might turn the horrible status-quo into an irreversible geopolitical disaster. Decision-makers across the Atlantic should resist supplying heavy arms to the rebels, amplifying their efforts for a diplomatic solution instead. ...More
During this spring's Russian presidential elections, Vladimir Putin used anti-American rhetoric to strengthen his image as a great defender against the West. Yet, when political conversations were not for public viewing, Moscow's dialogue with the Obama administration was much friendlier and more attuned to cooperation. ...More