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August 30, 2012 | Immigration Policy Needs Penalties and Incentives

Edward Alden: Increased internal and external border enforcement as well as economic crisis has decreased the population of unauthorized immigrants in both Europe and the US. Policies should provide incentives to encourage legal migration rather than just disincentives against illegal migration. Guest worker programs are a good place to start.

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August 17, 2012 | Balancing a Rising China: The Future of Transatlantic Relations

Editorial Team: has received numerous outstanding articles from its community of over 7,000 members in the past several years. Our members have contributed to the think tank’s debates, theme weeks, and policy workshop competitions. A recurring discussion in our community revolved around a rising China and the challenges it poses to the West.

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July 4, 2012 | Europe's Last Dictator: The Hypocrisy of Ignoring Alexander Lukashenko

Jack Barton: Not many people know about Belarus and what is going on. But they should. President Alexander Lukashenko is a true dictator. The secret police there still call themselves the KGB. European leaders must not simply go on ignoring the situation.

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June 25, 2012 | Failure to Launch?

Andrew Walker: NATO hopes to have its anti-ballistic missile defense in place by 2018. Any future system will bring with it high financial and diplomatic costs. The question is whether NATO wishes to actually pay those costs for a system that is still unproven and will never be 100% effective.

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June 15, 2012 | European Energy Policy: Looking in the Wrong Direction

Mohamed Ahmed El Garhi: The 2006-2009 Russia-Ukraine gas standoff demonstrated the vulnerability of the European Union’s energy security in light of Europe’s increasing dependency on Russian oil and gas. The time has come for the EU to invest in other energy sources as well as new energy partners.

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May 23, 2012 | The Baghdad Talks: Setting the Pieces for the Next Round

Sami Kronenfeld: Representatives from the US, Europe, Russia, and China are meeting with their Iranian counterparts to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. The talks can only be successful if Europe and the US reach an agreement with Russia and China on what to do if Iran does not follow international agreements.

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May 11, 2012 | Return to the Empire

Gökhan Tekir: The paper analyzes how the Russian Federation uses energy as a foreign policy instrument. Russia’s main aim is to prevent Western interference in its sphere of influence. This is done by maintaining its hegemon position in supplying Caspian energy sources to Europe.

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February 27, 2012 | January & February's Best Debates

Editorial Team: Great policy recommendations emerge from the collective intelligence of the community. That means your articles are not only important in themselves but as a platform for debate in the comments below. Here are the best debates from January and February, they’re still open to read and add your thoughts!

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February 6, 2012 | Poll Results: Atlantic Community's Focus in 2012

Editorial Team: We’re excited to reveal the results of our latest members’ poll and inform you of what our priorities will be in 2012. As well as displaying your decisions on the most important issues of 2012, we’re also announcing our first theme week and what we plan to do with the topics you requested throughout the rest of the year.

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November 8, 2011 | Filling In The Capability Gap

Olga Kolesnichenko: While many lament the growing military capability gap between Europe and the US within NATO, new tracks of partnership, emphasizing specialization and compatibility, have the potential to fundamentally reshape NATO’s organizational structure without compromising security.

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October 5, 2011 | The Failure of Soft Power

Judy Dempsey: Europe’s efforts to exert influence on the world through soft power has proven ineffective. To restore Europe’s credibility in the world, Europe must open itself up to trade and immigration, provide more aid to civil society groups in the greater European neighborhood and be more vocal against dictatorial regimes.

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September 30, 2011 | Re-Engineering the Transatlantic Security and Defence Relationship

Stanley R. Sloan: As NATO leaders prepare for the May 2012 summit in Chicago, the allies should review their security priorities, redefine defense spending quotas, reaffirm their commitment to global partnerships, reinforce links with Turkey, and find ways to make better use of non-military resources.

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September 29, 2011 | US and Europe: A Widening Atlantic? This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO: The transatlantic relationship has been the bedrock of NATO for over 60 years, but is it now changing? Is the US going off in new directions which will make it look more to Asia and less to Europe?

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September 26, 2011 | Six Reasons to Save the Euro at All Costs

Soeren Keil: To understand why the members of the Eurozone need to “save” Greece from bankruptcy, it is important to think about the consequences of a possible Greek default. This would not only have an effect on Greece and the Eurozone, but put the entire EU in jeopardy. Saving Greece means saving the Euro and the European Union.

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September 23, 2011 | Why Europe Should Vote 'Yes' on Palestine

Anno Bunnik: On Friday, 193 UN member states formally received Palestine’s request for statehood. This is a bold move with potential to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace, and one that will impact future strategic relations in the Arab world. The UN should vote in favor of accession.

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September 23, 2011 | Why Europe Should Vote 'Yes' on Palestine

Anno Bunnik: On Friday, 193 UN member states formally received Palestine’s request for statehood. This is a bold move with potential to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace, and one that will impact future strategic relations in the Arab world. The UN should vote in favor of accession.

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September 18, 2011 | US Should Invest in European Militaries

Jason Naselli: Direct US investment in European militaries would complement joint defense interests and strengthen logistical and political cooperation across the Atlantic. It would also encourage burden-sharing, advance specialization and reduce costs by increasing competition in an industry where it is sorely lacking.

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September 18, 2011 | Open Markets, Better Arms

Dmitri A Titoff: Without an agreement on a common defense policy, European states are letting market forces play a larger role in shaping their defense industries. Open markets could increase the risk of proliferation, but would also lower arms prices and improve military procurement across European borders.

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September 17, 2011 | European Defense in an Age of Austerity

Andrew M Dorman: Europe’s inability to agree on fundamental issues - its future, its allies, its foes - is exacerbating the effects of defense spending cuts across continent. European states can stave off decline by maintaining security collectively, but a drawback in their global involvement now looks inevitable.

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September 16, 2011 | Can Lower Budgets Produce Greater Security Efficiency?

Christopher M Schnaubelt: Disparate political realities among European states will make integration of national forces difficult. But defense ministries can cut costs by streamlining personnel, developing capable reserves, abstaining from new missions and investing in long-term training and education.

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September 14, 2011 | Europe's Choice: Diplomacy or War

Aleksandr Blagin: To improve its collective defense capabilities and reduce wasteful spending, Europe should pursue three paths: refuse expensive overseas expeditions, use diplomatic policy and economic sanctions before using force, and develop new partnerships in conflict-prone regions.

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September 1, 2011 | Children Need a Voice in Transatlantic Dialogue

Wolfgang J. Fischer: The transatlantic relationship depends on intercultural understanding and interaction. But children, our future decision makers, have long lacked access to media content. The Children’s Radio Bridge lets kids be active in their own media projects to expand their intercultural horizons.

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August 26, 2011 | Can Democracy Work in the Arab World?

Stephanie Mazzola: Amid calls for democracy in the Arab world, we cannot help but associate “democracy” with the liberal model of government of the West. But can popular sovereignty be applied to Islamic states? It is possible, but they must first establish social foundations that allow a democratic transition to take place.

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August 11, 2011 | Turkish Delight: A Chance to Realign With the West

James Brian Taylor: Turkey’s relations with the United States and Europe have been strained over the past two years, despite a rich history of cooperation. But the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East provides a golden opportunity for Turkey to realign itself with the US and Europe, beginning with a reconciliation with Israel.

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June 20, 2011 | Is Europe Shirking Responsibility for Libyan Refugees? This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: “Every day, millions of refugees face murder, rape and terror,” says the UNHCR. Today is World Refugee Day, aimed at increasing awareness about the forcibly displaced worldwide. To commemorate this occasion we are asking you to join the debate on the growing Mediterranean refugee crisis.

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June 12, 2011 | Europe's Contributions Should be Recognized

Joerg Wolf & Elias Gladstone: Despite significant popular opposition to the Afghanistan war, most European NATO member states continue to send troops into harms way. The US media and strategic community, however, often downplays Europe’s role in the country, case in point Professor Russell Berman from the Hoover Institution.

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June 9, 2011 | Angela Merkel: Friend or Free-Rider?

Editorial Team: The media in the United States and Germany has been awash with speculation over the future of transatlantic relations as Obama tries to charm Europe’s strongest leader with a Medal of Freedom. Can Obama’s charm offensive convince Germany to show more global leadership?

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November 10, 2010 | Western Values Key to Progress with Russia

Philipp Johannes Große: The West needs to promote accountability and the rule of law in Russia. Focus should be on reaching out to the general population, not self-declared elites. Germany’s position should be firmly rooted in the West, not midway between Paris and Moscow.

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June 28, 2010 | Permanent Alliance: Is There an Alternative?

Stanley R. Sloan: For NATO to survive, the US must be convinced that political and military cooperation with the Europeans contributes to its security. Meanwhile, it is important for the Europeans to feel that their contribution to US efforts gives them some say in US security decision making.

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May 27, 2010 | NATO's Center of Gravity: Political Will

Jorge Benitez: If NATO starts to lose the battle for the political will of its people, it will slowly fade into history. A major public diplomacy effort is needed to convince the democratic constituencies in NATO countries of the alliance’s salience. This is essential to the funding of military efforts in difficult economic times.

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February 5, 2010 | Europe is More than the EU

Heinrich Bonnenberg: A broader definition of ‘Europe’ needs to be developed if it is to be competitive against other dynamic regions. For Europe to come together, a new identity based on past, present, and future values needs to be developed. In so doing, Europe will not only overcome divisions and prejudices, but it will also establish itself as a strong international competitor.

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November 2, 2009 | Europe is Wasting its "Obama Moment"

Jeremy Shapiro & Nick Witney: Europe needs to start acting as a unified collective if it is to become a credible and strategic partner for the US. If Europe does not step up, the US will look for other partners.

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August 31, 2009 | AfPak: Europe's Politicians Lack the Support of Public Opinion

Raffaello Pantucci: Greater coordination on Central-South Asia would be a boon to European and US interests in the region. Unfortunately, such coordination is still lacking and we are unlikely to see a greater push from the EU. More European involvement in any sort of “civilian surge” would be welcome, but will be unrealistic until the security situation is stabilized.

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August 26, 2009 | Weak Russia, Dangerous Russia

Donald K. Bandler and Jakub Kulhanek: A weak Russia constitutes a liability for the future as a scenario of political and economic upheaval becomes likely. Consequently, Moscow’s weakness domestically could then become a global crisis and pose a major threat to international peace and security.

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August 25, 2009 | Pakistan and the Taliban: Leaders Caught Betwixt and Between

Shuja Nawaz: Following the death of Baitullah Mehsud Pakistani leaders face a number of challenges. Will they be able to make an offensive against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)? Will they be able to resist US pressure to “do more” against the Afghan Taliban? Will they muster the troop strength and the resolve to move against the TTP in South Waziristan?

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August 24, 2009 | The Comeback of Global Governance.

Marc Saxer: To use of the window of opportunity for establishing effective global governance, Europeans should accept that not all countries are willing to cede their sovereignty, but should work to increase the representation of emerging powers in multilateral structures.

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July 31, 2009 | Is America More European Than Europe?

Editorial Team: We have all heard that America and Europe are worlds apart. But a careful look at social statistics shows that the US is just as “European” as any country in the EU. With the rise of conservative governments in Europe and the new social movement springing up around the Obama Administration, it is time to reconsider current world views.

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July 21, 2009 | American Success in Iraq Shuts Europe Up

Christoph Suess: If someone had said two years ago that the US would have largely withdrawn its forces from Iraqi cities by now, he would have been called naive. Nobody here in Europe believed that the Iraqis would be able to handle their own security so soon. Given that, Europe’s silence on the latest US move is suspicious.

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July 20, 2009 | Regionalism: Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block?

Rudi Guraziu: The demise of the Cold War seems to have boosted the salience of regionalism across the globe, and RTAs have blossomed since then. But is regionalism a help or a hindrance in the process of globalization?

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June 8, 2009 | UK's Future in the EU in Question After Vote

Marc Lewis Thomas: Future British participation in European Union could be called into question by the results of the EU Parliamentary elections. There are some feasible outcomes for Britain vis-à-vis EU participation in the context of domestic and European issues.

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April 9, 2009 | HOT ISSUE: The Verdict on Obama's European Trip

Editorial Team: Does one achievement stand out as a significant development at the infancy of the Obama presidency’s foreign policy, or have the early signs of progress been exaggerated out of context? Take part in our poll and vote what you think Obama’s greatest achievement has been.

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March 17, 2009 | Priorities for the Transatlantic Agenda

Editorial Team: Atlantic Community members have voted: NATO, Russia and the international trade order are at the top of the transatlantic agenda. We will use these results as the map for our thematic focus in 2009.

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February 2, 2009 | Making Europe's Relationship With Obama More Than a Flirt

Jordan Michael Smith: The unprecedented enthusiasm with which the election of President Obama has been received in Europe is destined to sink when European and American interests conflict. Measures can, however, be applied on both sides of the Atlantic to secure the positive development of the Euro-American relationship.

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October 15, 2008 | Europe Can Help in Afghanistan with More than Just Troops

Julianne Smith: The next US president will ask NATO allies for more troops in Afghanistan. Europe should respond by at least providing more police trainers, civilian reconstruction experts and new diplomatic initiatives.

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June 19, 2008 | Europe's Century

Parag Khanna & Alpo Rusi: Despite the Irish no vote, the EU’s destiny is to lead the world on security, trade and climate change. Increasingly, globalization requires structure and organization on the local level, and the EU, which benefits from high credibility, is setting standards for other regions around the world.

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June 4, 2008 | On Iraq, it's Time to Call Europe

D. Korski & R. Gowan: In Europe, a consensus is emerging that more should be done for Iraq. If Europeans satisfactorily align with US policies in the region and if the US makes the most of this opportunity, this could significantly revitalize transatlantic relations.

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April 23, 2008 | Solving Kosovo's Kosovo

Daniel Korski & Richard Gowan: Away from the limelight and with other world events getting the media’s attention, the situation in Kosovo has been getting worse and worse. And it all started so well with the EU managing to get a consensus for its ESDP mission and two-thirds of EU states backing the province’s independence.

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April 21, 2008 | The West Needs Russia as a Partner This Article contains Flash-Video

Hans-Ulrich Klose: Mistakes have been made on both the Russian and the Western sides. Russia should now be approached as an equal rather than looked down upon or scolded for non-democratic ways.

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February 19, 2008 | What Europe Can Learn from Asia

Michèle Schmiegelow: Asia’s integration has advanced considerably. Europe could benefit from Asia’s strategic pragmatism.

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July 20, 2007 | G8 Aftermath: Energy, Development, and Enlargement

Memo 2: Members of the Atlantic Community commented and wrote articles on energy and development policy as well as G8 enlargement at the time of the G8 summit.

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September 25, 2012 | Full Transatlantic Agenda No Matter Who's Elected

No matter who the next US president is, Europe and the US must work together. ++ The Arab Spring will reveal new conflicts that threaten that region’s stability. ++ America and Europe must work as partners on the economic front, especially the mutual recognition of technical standards. ++ Europe should prepare itself for when the US is self-sufficient in oil and gas, something that will effect

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September 7, 2012 | Banks are at the Core of the Euro Crisis, not States

The troika is now calling for Greece to make cuts of nearly €12bn to reduce public dept by 2014. ++ The government agreed to reduce social expenditure, pensions, and public sector wages. ++ Unfortunately, all the suffering as a result will be for nothing. ++ The troika is underestimating the depth of the recession; austerity will fail and lead to the need for more austerity measures in the

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August 7, 2012 | The Folly of Forgetting the West

In the 20th century, even in the face of wars and the collapse of the entire European state, the West dominated. Today, with over 200 countries in existence and each with a voice, usually in some sort of organization, it is easy to say the West’s power is declining. For Serfaty, what we are seeing is more of an “intermission” than a “transition”. The stale descriptions of America as ‘new’

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July 9, 2012 | Strengthening Europe's Ability to Act

The Euro crisis has been all consuming; German politicians have put all other policy priorities to the side. However, two members of the German parliament have stepped forward into this policy vacuum, and therefore their ideas are highlighted here in the Best of Think Tanks. In a concise nine-page paper, Dr. Andreas Schockenhoff and Roderich Kiesewetter offer concrete proposals for strengthening

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June 4, 2012 | A Pillar of Freedom: As US Retreats, Germany Needs to Play Larger Role in Preserving the Liberal World Order

Germany has had enormous luck over the last few decades; the conditions for its success were essentially guaranteed by others. But Berlin can no longer rely on the United States to safeguard the framework that has guaranteed German peace, freedom, and economic prosperity for decades. It is for this reason that the author argues that Germany must re-define its foreign-political role from that of

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June 4, 2012 | The Transatlantic Economy 2012

Europe and the US remain each other’s most important markets despite the recession. The transatlantic economy generates close to $5 trillion in total commercial sales a year and employs up to 15 million workers in mutually “onshored” jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. The transatlantic economy is the largest and wealthiest market in the world: over 50% of world GDP in terms of

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June 2, 2012 | Karel de Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade

Karel De Gucht is the present European Commissioner for Trade and co-chairs the Transatlantic Economic Council. Up to February 2010, he served as European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. He is a former Belgian Deputy Prime Minister (2008-2009) and Foreign Minister (2004-2009).
1. What are the current priorities in your work as the chair of the Transatlantic Economic

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May 31, 2012 | Demographics and Europe's Future

So long as Europe continues its demographic slide, the continent will continue to decline. ++ For example, Spain’s fertility rate is one of the lowest in Europe as well as the world. ++ But unlike say Germany, Spain and the Mediterranean countries in Europe cannot count on their economies to draw in new immigrants. ++ These countries will experience ever-higher proportions of retired people

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May 16, 2012 | Berlin's Competitiveness Gains Perpetuate the Crisis

European leaders must pay close attention to the “austerity vs. growth” debate. ++ Although there is much condemnation of Europe’s austerity cure, critics are unsuccessful in finding solutions to fund growth. ++ Debtors must become more competitive in the global market. ++ Spain cut unit labor costs by 8.5%, compared to its European counterparts, between 2008 and 2011. ++

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May 15, 2012 | Self-Defense More Important Than What Russia Thinks

Only hours after reassuming the presidency this month, Vladimir Putin called on the United States to provide “firm guarantees” that its missile-defense system in Europe will not be targeted against Russia. ++ President Obama was unable to offer a “legally binding” guarantee, but was more than willing to provide a political assurance. ++ Any such assurance will be a mistake and violate America’s

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May 11, 2012 | Spain Needs Audacity, Not Half-Measures

Spain must be bold in order to reestablish confidence in it banks. ++ Without healthy banks, the Spanish economy will continue downhill. ++ Current measures have been too little, too late. ++ Policymakers have been indecisive and instead of offering solutions are blaming others for unfairly targeting Spain. ++ In reality, the banks need fresh money. ++ Spain has not addressed its problems

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May 10, 2012 | A Still-Strong Alliance

This essay examines transatlantic relationships over the past two decades and the reasons behind why the Western alliance has been able to survive despite predictions of demise. Particular emphasis is given to what the skeptics got right and what they got wrong, including Robert Kagan’s paper entitled “Power and Weakness.” Attention is also given to a new challenge confronting the Atlantic

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May 8, 2012 | Hollande's Victory an Opening for Europe

Hollande’s victory offers Europe an opportunity to directly address the challenges ahead. ++ The victory should bring an end to policy focused entirely on austerity, which has split the EU and paralyzed economies. ++ Any new plan for growth would not be printing more money; fiscal discipline remains essential. ++ First, targeted investment should be given priority. ++ Second, new incentives must

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May 2, 2012 | "Designed in Europe" Meets "Made in China"

China’s ongoing process of găigé kāifàng (reform and opening up to the West) and the process of European integration are both paving way for a more economically fruitful future. ++ In an effort to overcome the Euro-crisis, China nearly doubled its direct investment in Europe. ++  Today, goods valued at $1.5bn are exchanged daily between both parties. ++ As European

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February 14, 2012 | The American Left has Much to Teach Europe

Philiadelphia’s Occupy movement is the first to announce it will run for Congress. ++ There is a “spirit of opportunism” in the American Left, whereas there are only two socialists still governing in Europe. ++ The revival of the Left in the US has been enabled by popular use of technology, linking the personal to the political. ++ The European left is “tired, dull, top-down and moribund”, the

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September 29, 2011 | Libya's Lasting Legacy

The Libyan intervention has proven NATO’s resilience as a military alliance. ++ While not all NATO members participated in the military operation, a coalition of the willing spearheaded by France and the UK successfully coordinated their efforts to lend critical support to the rebels. ++ The exemplary partnership between the American intelligence community and the European naval and air forces

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September 28, 2011 | Russia Will Maintain Status Quo With Western Partners

The West should not expect any major changes in Russian foreign policy upon Putin’s return to the Kremlin. ++ Russia will continue to enforce its present agreements and maintain a pragmatic partnership with the US and Europe. ++ Putin’s rhetoric may resonate with Soviet nostalgia, but Russia will remain committed to expanding commercial ties with the West. ++ The upcoming power shuffle will not

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September 20, 2011 | Restoring European Growth

Advanced economies are feeling the strain of a growing economic recession. ++ The economic crisis has spread from the private sector over to sovereign states. ++ Unlike smaller struggling eurozone countries, the world’s most powerful economies should hold off on austerity measures and stimulate their own economies. ++ Reverting back to the national currency is the only way to restore growth and

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September 19, 2011 | "Ten Reasons for a European 'Yes'"

The UN vote on the status of the Palestinian state presents a unique opportunity for Europe to play a decisive role in global affairs. ++ The EU should put aside national differences and vote as a union for the recognition of the Palestinian state. ++ Voting “yes” on Palestinian statehood is in line with European values and reaffirms Europe’s commitment to a two-state solution. ++ By supporting

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August 19, 2011 | Britain is a "Lost Ally" for the US

The “special relationship” between the UK and US has become “a rather pathetic British conceit”. ++ In light of severe defense cuts that will see tanks and artillery cut by 40 percent, Britain no longer has the military “mass” to justify its reputation as a vital US ally. ++ In turn, London has lost confidence in nearly all its European partners besides France.

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October 22, 2010 | New Rules Needed for a Multipolar Europe

1990s dreams of a unipolar European Order have failed, as hopes of a post-modern system without a balance of power have proven to be untrue. ++ Russia calls openly for a new security architecture. ++ Frustrated with EU membership talks, Turkey is pursuing its own foreign policy. ++ The US has its hands full and is no more a full-time European power. ++ The goal now should be to create a

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October 7, 2010 | Terror Warnings Reveal Limits of Power

Recent warnings from the US government towards its citizens travelling in Europe against an expected Al-Qaeda attack have created quite a stir in the international media. ++ The US and western powers can take all the necessary steps to avoid the threat of terrorist attacks, but they cannot possibly eliminate it unless the underlying radical ideology is defeated. ++ The US should continue with its

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September 10, 2010 | European Finance: Three Musketeers to the Rescue?

Last Tuesday, Europe’s finance ministers bestowed upon three offices the heavy charge “of defending the integrity of the European financial system, much like the Queen’s three musketeers.” ++ A fourth musketeer was created in the form of a European committee on systemic risk, a type of new d’Artagnan. ++ However, the competencies of these new authorities are not

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September 7, 2010 | Differences in European and American Islamophobia

Islamophobia looks different in Europe than it does in the US, where it gained traction only after 9/11. ++ In Europe, its roots are deeper and “Islamophobia is less thinly veiled.” ++ Demographics however do not lend support to the fear that the continent will soon turn into “Eurabia,” since birth rates for Muslims in Europe are not that high. ++ While the heated debate may be part “of a

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August 17, 2010 | $460 Million Requested for Pakistan: Let's Give It

More than 20 million people in Pakistan are now homeless as a consequence of the devastating flooding. ++ A dearth of clean drinking water will likely cause the death toll of 1,500 to rise. ++ The West must use this opportunity to show solidarity with the Pakistanis and improve its image in this volatile region. ++ A generous American response is necessary in order to keep Pakistan on its side in

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June 11, 2010 | Germans Growing Allergic to Berlin

Talk in Germany these days revolves around one topic: “political Berlin.” ++ One late night crisis meeting after the other has led the “ungrateful burgher” to disparage what he considers “a detached coterie of political parties.” ++ While “political Berlin” considers those who do not belong to “the inner circle of politicians, lobbyists, and

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May 31, 2010 | Europe Needs to Get Its Act Together

The financial crisis demonstrated that European leadership is virtually nonexistant; only the actions of individual states like Germany, France, and the UK prevented a complete catastrophe. ++ It is “absolutely essential to foresake the neoliberalism that brought
on the present crisis.” ++ Europe’s weakness will keep it from becoming one of the leading forces in the new world order. ++ Europe

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April 7, 2010 | 2014 Solution Inadequate for 2010 Crisis

The European Union should consider issuing sovereign debt in order to accelerate economic recovery and restore growth potential in the coming decade. ++ “Raising EU debt through a joint and several guarantee of all 27 member states would ensure a ‘triple A’ credit rating.” ++ As EU member states endure their worst economic crisis since the 1930s, the time has come to act with greater urgency

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January 11, 2010 | Europe Must Act Tough on Climate Change

According to the latest scientific research, the climate is warming more rapidly than previously anticipated, not least because the oceans are progressively losing their ability to absorb CO2. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) warns that controlling costs for climate change will be possible only until 2020. After that date, global warming will have passed a tipping point

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October 6, 2009 | Islamophobia in Europe Must Stop

Reports by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism, Xenophobia and the Runneymede Trust demonstrate that there is widespread Islamophobia in Europe. ++ Dominant views on the place of religion in society should be reconsidered and religion should acquire a legitimate place in the public sphere. ++ Islam should be recognized legally and not be considered a threat to European values. ++ Diversity

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August 4, 2009 | Europe Bouncing Back From the Brink

Europe survives the worst crisis of the last 50 years to bounce back stronger. ++ Renewed solidarity between EU members limited protectionism and encouraged interdependence as shown by the bailout of Latvia. ++ Lisbon Treaty cause is strengthened by united response from members. ++ Euro is now a possibility for Denmark, Sweden & Switzerland with membership offering protection from a future

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July 31, 2009 | Why the EU Fails in a Multipolar World

The financial crisis evoked the necessity of a rebalancing of the global power equilibrium and of Europe’s status in it. ++ “Nowadays, there is both too much and too little Europe”. ++ While European countries are overrepresented in the world’s premier forums, Europe lacks influence, because of its heterogeneity. ++ “The absurdity of Italy’s presence in the

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July 29, 2009 | Our Approach to Climate Change Remains Inadequate

The fight against climate change proclaimed by European Members of Parliament will have little effect. ++ “Even a great new agreement in Copenhagen is insufficient… [yet] necessary.” ++ The climatic challenge demands a profound reconsideration of political, scientific, and economic agendas. ++ Despite a better-informed public and a slow improvement in the handling of natural

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July 9, 2009 | Europe Needs Missile Defense Against a Real Threat

Opponents of missile defense argue unpersuasively that “there is no near-term, long-range Iranian missile threat and the proposed US system could not defeat such a threat anyway.” ++ Yet Iran continues to buy crucial materials and make progress in their missile tests. ++ The US plan includes state-of-the-art radar and interceptors, and there is no reason to believe they would not work

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June 2, 2009 | Obama's Apologies Undermine US Power

Barack Obama should stop apologizing for his country because it’s weakening the US and making it more vulnerable to attack. ++ Obama wants to engage enemies through the application of “smart power” but recent missile tests by Iran and North Korea show there’s nothing smart in “appeasing rogue states.” ++ The US is increasingly “jeered rather than feared” by enemies.  ++ The world needs a

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May 26, 2009 | Jonathan Laurence, Transatlantic Academy

Jonathan Laurence is a Transatlantic Academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an assistant
professor of political science at Boston College. He has received his Ph.D. (2006) and M.A. (2003) from Harvard University’s department of government. See for
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May 6, 2009 | The European Experiment of Unity Has Failed

Despite decades of institutional development seeming to create a more integrated Europe, the continent remains more divided than united. ++ Europe’s different cultures are not spoken of because it is politically incorrect to do so. ++ Today, Europe’s political composition obscures the cultural emphasis with which it began. ++ Some Eurocrats seem to be forcing unity onto the people. ++ The

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March 17, 2009 | Quick, Sell Arms to India

India’s reliance on Russia for defense equipment is largely ineffective and increasingly dangerous. ++ The entire Russian fleet of MiG-29 is seen to suffer structural defects and adds to the fact that “Russia’s defense manufacturing base is facing shortfalls in capabilities and capacities.” ++ This effects India in terms of missed deadlines, greater expense and harms

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March 6, 2009 | Expectations Run Too High as Clinton Visits Europe

Hillary Clinton is in Brussels, but “will trans-Atlantic relations soon be sunshine and roses again” as hoped in the European capital? ++ For the time being it doesn’t look like it; Europe continues to feel ignored and America acts alone. ++ Yet, experts believe that the US will seek European help on the Russian dossier and has high expectations on Berlin. ++ Germany has a “vested interest in a

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March 6, 2009 | France Don't Panic Your Voice Will Be Heard

The argument that France would lose its diplomatic freedom and image of independent power by re-integrating into the military structure of NATO is unfounded. ++ It would assure France a better defense of its national interests. ++ NATO is a consensus based alliance and every country’s view is considered in the decision-making process. ++ More importantly, NATO is about to delineate a new

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March 3, 2009 | The Dark Side of Brussels

Behind its image of Eurocapital, seducing people from all over the globe, Brussels is in many ways comparable to a city of a developing country. ++ Dirty, bad economic conditions; 35% of the people aged under 25 are unemployed and this number rises significantly for foreigners. ++ According to Eurostat only three regions rank worse on the European continent ++ But who can help Brussels? ++ The

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March 2, 2009 | Nabucco: Azerbaijan's Chance For Prosperity

The gas war has highlighted the urgency of building the Nabucco pipeline. ++ This is good news for Baku as its role in the energy world is likely to increase drastically: it would provide the infrastructure for transporting gas westwards. ++ Yet, the guarantee for success is not certain: Nabucco is not an antidote against energy disputes with Russia as it will also rely on gas from Central Asian

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February 16, 2009 | The Cost of Change

A lot has happened recently, but the event which still steals the thunder is the election of President Obama and the new foreign policy he has designed for the US. ++ The Munich Security Conference offers confirmation; Biden came to Europe and promised that the US will “listen” and “engage” Europe and also attempt to improve relations with Russia. ++ But in promising a

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January 30, 2009 | The USA and the Myth of Small Government

The long proclaimed transatlantic divide
between bloated European welfare states and a lean US government is mythical at best. A
closer look at the facts shows that the social expenditures of the United Sates
and Europe are very similar on healthcare and
education. The Reagan revolution and subsequent “small government” are
illusions, and indeed the only significant difference between the US

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January 8, 2009 | Russia to Blame for Gas Crisis

The Russia-Ukraine gas supply conflict was heightened following Russia’s decision to further reduce gas supplies as a response to Ukraine “stealing” gas aimed for European clients. ++ Ever since the end of the 2005 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, Russia has been using its gas resources as a political weapon. ++ The policy decision will bring Europe under strain, but the cost for

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October 14, 2008 | Russia Can "Talk Away" Georgia Conflict

Moscow’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia does not correlate with universal approval, and an international dialogue concerning the status of Georgia is set to begin. ++ Europe has proven itself too dissolute to confront Russia openly: Sarkozy has advocated global mediation, emphasizing Georgia’s weakness, and Merkel speaks of “Georgia’s core territory,” nearly cow-towing to the Russian

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September 11, 2008 | Growing Concerns About Russia

A poll revealed that Americans and Europeans were troubled over the growing power of Russia even before the attack on Georgia. ++ Respondents in Europe and the US were united in concern about the Kremlin providing weapons to the Middle East, Russia’s energy monopoly, and its behavior toward its neighbors. ++ What they don’t agree upon is how to respond to the Kremlin’s new assertiveness;

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September 2, 2008 | Russia is Stuck in the Pre-World War II Mindset

Conflict in Georgia proved that Russia isn’t and doesn’t want to be a part of Europe. ++ Moscow rejects European commitment to nonviolent methods of conflict resolution and shows little appreciation for equality of nations, which is a fundamental principle on the Old Continent. ++ Kremlin trusts in the “hierarchy of raw power.” ++ This mindset is anachronistic for the 21st century and

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August 21, 2008 | West No Longer Dictates Terms

The Atlantic view that it’s necessary to protect the underdog from its powerful neighbour is isolated; most of the world is bemused at Western double standards and sees Russia as bullied by the West. ++ Events in Georgia show that the West lacks strategic thinking. ++ Instead of dealing with Russia, Western thinkers should decide what the greatest long-term challenge is – China or the

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August 12, 2008 | Georgia Fights for Our Common Transatlantic Values

Of all the post-Soviet states, Georgia has come furthest in the fight to strenghten democracy and independent foreign policy and that is precisely what Russia wants to thwart. ++ The fact that Russia was entrusted with the peacekeeping and mediating in Abkhazia and South Ossetia makes the violation of international norms even more appalling. ++ This war is not only about Georgia’s

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July 31, 2008 | Put an End to Neoconservative Rumors

There are two rumors regarding the US elections: the first one says that if a candidate travels abroad he becomes inaccessible to “ordinary” Americans. ++ Considering the positive image which Americans have of Europeans, this assumption seems to be ill-informed. ++ The second one assumes that Americans want their president to maintain an arm’s distance relationship with our Allies and it can’t be

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July 29, 2008 | "The Hour of Europe"

Even if the Bush administration used to neglect it, 2009 can be the “hour of Europe.” ++ If Germany, Great Britain, and France would propose serious new contributions, the new administration would listen and offer the Europeans the “leadership” they so often say they desire. ++ Unfortunately, only few European statesmen look on changes in Washington as an opportunity to propose something new.

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July 29, 2008 | The Realpolitiker in Obama

Obama’s popularity last
Thursday showed the desire for a responsible global power and the unwavering belief that the US should be that power. ++ But the charisma of the presidential candidate should not blur our view of the other Obama: the Realpolitiker. ++ In his speech, he made clear that neither can the US be an arrogant superpower, nor can Europe neglect its military duties, e.g. in

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July 28, 2008 | Change Germans Cannot Believe In

The German magazine Der Spiegel featured articles about Barack Obama with such satiric headlines as “The Messiah Factor” or “Germany Meets the Superstar.” ++ These examples show that Europeans are far less excited about Obama than Americans, even if they are also looking forward to the end of the Bush administration. ++ The mocking undertone that accompanies most descriptions of Obama in the

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June 30, 2008 | Talking to Teheran

“A US willingness to talk to Iran on the full range of issues dividing the two countries offers the best hope of rescuing a failed policy.” ++ If the US does not negotiate with Iran as proposed by Obama, they will be lacking options besides attacking Iran. ++ The Europeans, Russia, and China are already in dialogue with Teheran. ++ After coordinating with the Europeans, the US should start

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June 24, 2008 | Europe's "Obama Honeymoon" Could be Shortlived

Obama enjoys astonishing and unprecedented support in Europe. ++ The anti-Americanism fueled by Bush may have subsided, but this international popularity is not necessarily beneficial for a candidate who primarily needs to convince the electorate at home. ++ Europeans would be wise to lower their expectations: “once a President Obama engages with America’s allies, he will also expect them to

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June 24, 2008 | US Nukes Are Not Secure in Europe

Some of the 350 US nuclear bombs in the EU are stored at host air bases. ++ A report concludes security standards were not met, and “support buildings, fencing, lighting and security systems” need improvement. ++ The storage of nukes in Europe has always been controversial, and sometimes kept secret - in Belgium for example. ++ The issue of security standards in Europe provided for renewed

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April 24, 2008 | Focus on the Suppliers of Proliferation

Concerning the Iranian enrichment program, international attention shouldn’t exclusively be on the receiving country. ++ Indian and European companies deliver nuclear supplies to Iran. ++ Tightening up control over European nuclear industries and doing so transparently, while enlisting the cooperation of Russia and China in this effort is necessary to stop Iranian nuclear weapon

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April 7, 2008 | US and Europe at Odds Over Russia's Resources

Europe needs Russia for its oil and natural gas and Russia needs Europe for revenue from these resources. ++ This reciprocal relationship explains Europe’s opposition to granting Ukraine and Georgia NATO membership. ++ The issue of energy security is one of the few issues where central and eastern European countries agree with the US and are in conflict with Germany and France.

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April 3, 2008 | US Elections: What Should Europe Hope for?

Still depending on US hard power, Europe has found a new role in the soft power balance to the US. ++ Europe can’t continue in this role with a new President Obama. ++ Obama’s US would gain international reputation and call in Europe for more hard power burden sharing. ++ But the US remains the indispensable nation so far. ++ Therefore Obama’s US is best for Europe because it will become a strong

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March 31, 2008 | Rising US Isolationism: Europe Needs to Fill the Void

The US is historically isolationist at heart - this has only been interrupted by
events such as WWII and 9/11. ++ The toll of the war in Iraq is leading many Americans to again turn to isolationism. ++ No matter who becomes president, they will begin the withdrawal of America from the world, leaving Europe to fill its role and face the responsibility of containing radical Islam alone.

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March 31, 2008 | Obama's Communication Style: A Lesson for Europe

Obama’s speech on race spoke to Europe and provided insights into the imperfections of US democracy. ++ Obama succeeded in addressing the problems of his nation, something which is rarely accomplished
in Europe. ++ The bureaucratic language which fills European politics fails to clearly discuss or solve societal issues as is made clear in Germany by the mental wall which is being built between

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March 21, 2008 | Britain's Security Strategy Needs to be More European

Britain’s new US-style national security strategy (NSS) should provide for better risk assessment, more troops, and more funds. ++ Unfortunately, the NSS only makes casual reference to Europe and features a continuing belief in security autarky. ++ The NSS requires cooperation with EU members for manpower, resources, and especially to bolster Britain when addressing the Russian and Chinese

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February 7, 2008 | How do European and US Think Tanks Measure Up?

Ted R. Bromund of Yale University explains that liberal US think tanks (and their budgets) are expanding rapidly and notes that the Brookings Institution “has grown by 50 percent over the past two years.” Conservative American think tanks are not fairing so well, but when compared to similar European institutions, all American think tanks regardless of political affiliation appear wealthy. This

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November 14, 2007 | EU Dependence on Russian Energy Could Jeopardize Transatlantic Relations

Europe has become heavily reliant on Russia to meet its energy needs. This trend undermines Europe’s self-confidence and jeopardizes its geopolitical position as well as that of the United States, says Ariel Cohen from the Heritage Foundation.
Russia’s agenda seeks to perpetuate dependence by consolidating Gazprom’s position at home and abroad. As foreign companies such as Shell and BP fail to

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November 12, 2007 | Rising Geopolitical Paradigms Require a Strong and United Western Alliance

As a community based on values, the West must strengthen its cohesiveness in order to grapple with the pace of globalization, and face a geopolitical axis actively shifting toward Asia, argues Stephen Szabo, executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, which is a partnership between the German Marshall Fund and the Bucerius Zeit Stiftung.

A division of the West could prove

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July 23, 2007 | Time For a Transatlantic Consensus on International Law

William H. Taft and Frances G. Burwell from the Atlantic Council advise the EU and US to coordinate their positions before the ICC review conference in 2009. The transatlantic partners must set an example for the rest of the world.

With the review conference on the International Criminal Court (ICC) coming up in 2009, a concerted transatlantic effort to build global consensus on international

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June 7, 2007 | Horne Points Out How Globalization Has Taken a Bite Out of Wall Street

J. Paul Horne of the European Institute reports that, after decades of US financial dominance, economic developments in Asia have driven down American GDP’s percentage scale of the global market. He suggests that the US initiate reforms to protect against emerging market power in Asia as well as in the European Union.
Reports by McKinsey as well as

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