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November 19, 2008 | Priorities for German-American Cooperation This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Jackson Janes: The executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies tells Atlantic-community.org that Russia, energy security, climate change, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the financial crisis are all pressing issues to be addressed jointly by Germany and the United States under an Obama administration.

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November 5, 2008 | A New Day Rising After Election Night

From the Editorial Team: We spent the election night at a number of parties throughout Berlin. In light of the blithe atmosphere surrounding these events, we decided to ask fellow revelers a few questions regarding their election thoughts.

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October 29, 2008 | McCain Only Has Himself to Blame

Matthias Stephan Fifka: McCain is likely to loose the US presidential election. Though his bad luck of having to follow the current Republican presidency is also a factor, he has made fatal mistakes in his campaign. Abrupt strategy changes, his pick of Sarah Palin for VP, and negative campaign ads were all part of his own demise.

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October 24, 2008 | American Foreign Policy Bids Farewell to Neoconservatism

James Joyner: Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama is simply the final scene of an act long in coming: neoconservatism is dead. The Foreign Policy Establishment is composed of realists, and neocon ideas are being pushed to the margins. For the GOP, the sooner it can re-embrace pragmatic foreign policy, the better.

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September 23, 2008 | Transatlantic Tension Will Remain

Daniel Korski: While it is likely that transatlantic relations will improve after a new US president is elected, there are still major unsolved issues that are bound to cause disappointment on both sides. Striving for common policies on key issues like Afghanistan, Russia, and China should be a priority.

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September 9, 2008 | The Georgian Flaw in Transatlantic Security

Colette Grace Mazzucelli: The US, acting in coordination with the EU, should address the crisis in Georgia with a strong humanitarian effort and a firm, yet non-isolating, stance toward Russia. As foreign policy concerns are compounded by domestic challenges, the next US administration must prudently tackle economic problems and re-define America’s role in world affairs.

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September 5, 2008 | Whom and Exactly How is McCain Going to Fight?

Meredith L. Nicoll: McCain’s ‘fighting words’ might superficially translate to a hawkish, us-against-them foreign policy declaration. However, specific strategies for foreign policy were almost entirely absent from McCain’s speech. How should the international community take it?

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July 30, 2008 | Only the Younger Generation can Bring Obama's Promised Change

Richard Wales: The presidential election campaigns are shaped by corporate interests. Barack Obama is part of the same institutionalized political elite as Bush. The promised change can only be achieved by a new generation.

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July 28, 2008 | By Giving a Speech in Berlin, Obama is Playing with Fire

David Francis: Obama’s popularity should not be interpreted as a shift in German policy towards the United States. Many officials I spoke with while reporting from Berlin earlier this year said Germany will continue to act in its own interests no matter who is in the White House.

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July 28, 2008 | Obama's European Voters

Matthias Stephan Fifka: Even if Obama enjoys much more sympathy abroad and is being received like a rock star by the public, his foreign policy would not differ essentially from McCain’s. The biggest discrepancy between the candidates are the expectations of the Europeans, who are likely to be disillusioned with Obama as president.

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July 28, 2008 | A New Political Messiah?

Rüdiger Lentz: Obama’s speech at the Victory Column in Berlin, impressive as it was, contained more empty slogans than substance. This was not the radical change he promised during his primary campaign. His charisma might not be enough to win the elections.

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July 25, 2008 | Obama in Europe: Continuity We Can Believe In This Article contains Flash-Video

E. Ben Heine: The majority of Germans support Barack Obama for the US presidency, not because they believe he will radically change US policy, but because he is expected to return it to the familiar pre-Bush trajectory.

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July 21, 2008 | The Most Popular American in Europe Since Elvis

Anne Applebaum: Obama’s visit to Europe signifies a change in America’s political culture – it shows American voters are aware of the damage the current administration has done to America’s image and are not indifferent to how their country is perceived abroad.

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June 16, 2008 | Democrats Good, Republicans Bad?

Thomas Speckmann: Examining the foreign policy of US presidents since Kennedy reveals that Germany is generally better off with the conservatives and that German military involvement will always be expected, regardless of who is elected.

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June 11, 2008 | HOT ISSUE: How Long is Bush's Shadow?

From the Editorial Team: President Bush’s last official visit to Germany has sparked a vivid debate about the legacy of his presidency and the image of the US abroad. Will Europe forget about Bush soon after the elections and consider the US once again as a partner and friend? Or will the next president have to fight with America’s tainted image for years to come?

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June 2, 2008 | High Hopes for an US-EU led International Climate Change Policy

Axel Berg: After the elections in the US, Europeans are expecting to forge ahead with transatlantic cooperation on climate policy. Whoever is in the White House, expectations are high, especially among the Germans who want to set precedents and increase pressure on the international community.

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May 10, 2008 | 'The Godfather' Doctrine

John C. Hulsman and A. Wess Mitchell: Coppola’s film offers lessons in diplomacy that we can’t refuse. Rather than the liberal institutionalist and neoconservative policies of the last two decades, the next US administration should adopt a flexible realist approach to deal with the challenges of a multipolar world.

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April 9, 2008 | The Next US Economic Policies

Benjamin Lucas Schoo: McCain is the only true free trader among the remaining presidential candidates. The economic policy positions of Clinton and Obama are similar. Unlike McCain, both Democratic candidates support ending the Bush tax cuts.

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March 26, 2008 | What Europe Could Expect from an Obama Presidency

Julianne Smith: If elected, Obama will attempt to reestablish a strong partnership with Europe. He should come closer to his European partners on issues such as climate change and international law, but will expect greater cooperation and support for US policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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March 20, 2008 | The Last Days of George W. Bush and the Old Ways?

Fouad Naji Maarouf: George W. Bush was a disaster for the US. A change of attitude and government would bring good change.

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March 7, 2008 | No Hope for Transatlantic Relations?

A. Pölking & S. de Jong: The European public hopes for a shift in American policy. Many look forward to Bush leaving office and a return to the “good old days” of transatlantic relations. While Cold War normalcy was all but normal, and while relations should remain difficult, there is no doubt the gut feeling is improving.

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March 3, 2008 | Obama or Clinton? Showdown in Texas and Ohio

Rüdiger Lentz: As Obamania continues to sweep the nation, it appears as if the Republicans’ worst fear will come true.

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January 31, 2008 | Obama and Clinton: Who Would be Best for Europe?

Christian Andreas Morris: References to transatlantic relations by the front-runners to the Democratic nomination are quite vague and generic. Clinton has shown more interest in Europe than Obama.

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January 30, 2008 | Republican Candidates on Europe

Samantha Ferrell: Many US Republican candidates have demonstrated general suspicion and negativity towards Europe when discussing their projected transatlantic policies.

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November 9, 2007 | Time for Frank Talk on US-EU Relations

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: I ask whether the alliance across the Atlantic can “endure in the face of disagreements.” A new way forward is needed in US foreign policy, one which does not take European cooperation for granted.

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July 12, 2007 | The Next US President: Democratic Foreign Policy

Casey S Butterfield: reveals what to expect on foreign policy from the US presidential hopefuls for 2008. In this installment, Nuland introduces the top Democratic contenders and finds that all of them promise to get the US out of Iraq—it’s just a question of how.

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July 5, 2007 | The Next US President: Republican Foreign Policy

Niklas Keller: reveals what to expect on foreign policy from the US presidential hopefuls for 2008. In this first installment, Nuland introduces the top Republican contenders and finds that what plays to the people now is just the tip of the iceberg.

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November 5, 2008 | Chance to Turn Over a New Transatlantic Leaf

By next fall, there will be a new US president, a new European parliament and probably a new EU commission. ++ This means new challenges and huge opportunity to renew positive transatlantic relations. ++ Immediate action is needed to strengthen ties, starting with an invitation for the next US president to address the EU parliament. ++ We need to build a barrier-free transatlantic market and

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October 31, 2008 | All Is Not Lost in US Foreign Affairs

While it is true that G.W. Bush has ruined his country’s finances, alienated many of its friends and botched the risky occupation of Iraq, not everything was a disaster. ++ Coaxing China into a rules-based economic system and seeking closer ties with India are two major steps. ++ Dashed hopes in Russia and the Middle East are not his fault and the “mad-dog” president wisely kept cool

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October 31, 2008 | Safety First, Pocketbook Second

America might think Wall St. and Main St. are now more important than Haifa St.; They are wrong. ++ From WWII to 9/11, history has shown that economic crises and America’s resulting inward attention are the seeds of global conflict. ++ Threats, such as the situations in Pakistan and Iran, could escalate at any time. ++ Al Qaeda and Iranian terror networks are not threats but enemies who are

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October 31, 2008 | The UN: Obama's Money Pit

With its dubiously opaque financial practices, “chronic scandals and tyrant-friendly tilt,” the UN is in dire need of reform. ++ While McCain proposes a League of Democracies to provide competition, Obama wants to impose serious oversight on the UN, although previous attempts at such have fizzled. ++ Along with espousing the Millennium Development Goals, he wants the UN to play a

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October 29, 2008 | Lipstick on a Scapegoat

In the final week of the presidential election, Obama is ahead in the polls by a double digit margin. ++ Republicans have started to look for a scapegoat, turning out to be none other than Sarah Palin. ++ Palin has publicly criticized McCain’s campaign strategy, giving rise to the impression that McCain’s campaign is falling apart. ++ With the nomination of Palin, McCain tried to gain

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October 23, 2008 | US Must Rethink its Approach to Iran

The financial crisis has dominated the US election campaign, marginalizing foreign policy. ++ But it is foreign relations, and especially ties with Iran, that will be at the top of the next president’s agenda. ++ This is not only about Iran’s nuclear capacity; stability of Iraq and Afghanistan, peace in Lebanon and ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are all inconceivable without

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October 17, 2008 | Avoid Knee-Jerk Opposition to Government Spending

While reports from stockmarkets dominate the news, what we should really worry about is the shape of our nonfiscal economy. ++ In the US retail sales and industrial production are falling quickly, and it seems like we are in for a much longer period of economic slowdown than we realize. ++ Now is not the right time to worry about the deficit: the only solution to this problem is more government

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October 9, 2008 | America's Red Army

Red states vs. blue states, the red army against the blue, and Palin is the “Katyusha rocket” of the red forces. ++ The culture wars in the US must end fast. ++ The McCain campaign has used tactics that exacerbate the cultural differences of “conservative” and “liberal” Americans. ++ Even if Obama wins, the culture wars won’t end immediately - America needs to recall the true meaning of “liberal”

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October 9, 2008 | A Race for the Ages

The US presidential race has been one for the ages. ++ Citizens of the globe have never come so close to seeing an African American become president of the world’s most powerful nation; never again will they see a Vietnam veteran running; never have they seen 19 million votes go to a women; and never have they seen a women so close to becoming vice president. ++ In America, though, “victory

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September 29, 2008 | Presidential Debates: What Are They Worth?

Presidential debates cannot change the fundamentals of an election. ++ Reagan’s poor opening debate against Mondale didn’t keep him from a 49-state landslide, and Kennedy’s strong debate against Nixon didn’t insure his victory - a surge in the Catholic vote did. ++ While McCain performed well on Friday, the fundamentals haven’t changed: unpopular president, more Democratic voter registration, and

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September 29, 2008 | "The Palin Effect "

Currently, the US is reeling from the “Palin Effect.” ++ The overall demoralization and financial crises damage the collective identity of Americans and that is why voters need to hear that their country is still ‘exceptional’. ++ Fortunately, “Palin finds everything ‘exceptional’, when it comes to America” and gathers a lot of popularity for saying this. ++ Not only the US, but also India face

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September 26, 2008 | "Fire-Tested but Not Burnt Out" Leaders, Please

Brown and McCain value experience as a virtue. ++ Especially McCain’s strategy is contradictionary: he portrays himself as a politician who has enough experience to shape the decision about the financial rescue package, and as a Washington outsider at the same time. ++ However, neither Obama nor McCain have executive experience. ++ In the US and UK voters are looking for somebody “who is

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September 24, 2008 | Iran Slips Away - Again

Even if Iran is currently racing toward accumulating enough uranium for a bomb, the financial crisis has reduced the sense of urgency in the US. ++ The UN Security Council and Germany will meet this week, but it’s unlikely that they will agree on any effective sanctions such as an arms embargo. ++ Only symbolic actions to further Iran’s diplomatic isolation are realistic. ++ Of course, the

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September 24, 2008 | Stop Business as Usual for US Arms Sales

The US weapon industry is continuously growing, while more weapons are sold abroad ++ In Iraq, a host of factors, oil revenue included, has created a “loyal new customer,” namely the Maliki government. ++ Some say selling weapons to Iraq will reduce its reliance on Washington, but Pakistan proves that US forces can clash with US-armed adversaries. ++ Hopefully, the next US president decides

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September 19, 2008 | Uncle Sam's Unsolved Problem

Immigration remains an open problem in the US and is now on the campaign agendas. ++ Obama still supports the three pillars of extensive reform: tougher enforcement, expanded legal immigration and a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants who are already in the US. ++ McCain, on the other hand, is leading a party whose members mainly oppose the path to citizenship and give priority to border

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September 18, 2008 | Politics of Fear are Bad News for Obama

Due to the financial crisis, the attack on the US embassy in Yemen, and the latest tropical storms, the tone of the US presidential campaign has become nervous and angst-ridden. ++ Even if people who consider the economy to be the most important reason to vote for Obama, there is a “deeper politics of fear that runs against Obama.” ++ While Obama offers a dream of how the world could be, McCain

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September 15, 2008 | US Should Reduce its Dependence on Oil

McCain’s campaign is turning everything into a cultural wedge issue - including energy policy. ++ Republicans who favor the exploitation of more and more oil ignore the need for an energy policy that diminishes the US dependence on this resource. ++ Dependence reduces the US ability to compete in the age of globalization and endangers its economic and military power. ++ McCain had better

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September 12, 2008 | Wake up and Smell the Multilateralism

The unipolar moment after the Cold War passed as quickly as it emerged. ++ The new US president will suddenly see some decisions also being made in Beijing, Moscow, and Europe. ++ A league of democracies would be nonsense in the current geopolitical mess. ++ A “for-or-against”-the-US view would bring some definition to new poles but it would be more flexible than Bush depicted. ++ America’s

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September 11, 2008 | Do Not Ask If but When Israel Strikes Iran

Israel is known for not tolerating a deadly threat, and so it is only a matter of time before it strikes Iran. ++ The international community failed to pressure Iran, as it did not block the Strait of Hormuz thereby harming Iran’s oil-based economy. ++ This option would have had a negative impact on the oil market in the short run, but could have averted a new war. ++ The outcome of the elections

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September 4, 2008 | Biden's Flawed Foreign Policy Judgements

McCain’s vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin, is accused of lacking experience in security and foreign policy issues. ++ She is contrasted to Obama’s running mate, Joseph Biden, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. ++ His experience, however, doesn’t translate into expertise: during his 35 years in the Senate Biden has shown that his judgement in national security

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September 1, 2008 | "Obama's Offer: an End to US Stupidity"

“Politics is the art of communicating intimacy to a crowd” and Obama’s latest speech proved that he is very good at it. ++ However, commentators do not ask if he can win, but if he should win and question the US readiness for a black, elitist president. ++ However, to many people outside the US the next American president is the difference between life and death and they clearly

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August 29, 2008 | Biden's Diplomatic Approach is Only Hope for Iran

If Obama is elected, a VP Joe Biden will likely mean positive developments for troubled US-Iran relations. ++ Biden’s experiences with Iranian diplomacy legitimize Obama’s call for direct contact with Tehran. ++ However, Biden’s plans to negotiate with Iran may cost Obama some Jewish votes and Biden may have to give in to a more hawkish stance. ++ But Biden’s more conciliatory approach toward

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August 27, 2008 | EU Must be Interim Supervisor for the Middle East

Before the new US administration is approved and in full operation, there will be a pause in early 2009 in US involvement in the Middle East. ++ Even though EU cannot complete the job for the US, it can act as a trustee to keep the peace processes alive. ++ EU should offer Javier Solana as an interim mediator for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. ++ As an active trustee, the EU could show its

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August 27, 2008 | Biden Would be Good News for the Middle East

After nearly eight years of Bush’s haphazard and ill-advised actions and his contempt for the Arab-Israeli peace process, for most Arabs change cannot come soon enough. ++ Senator Joe Biden is known for his foreign policy experience, his attentiveness to Middle-Eastern concerns, as well as his blunt criticism of Bush’s policies. ++ His no-nonsense style means, however, the region’s

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August 26, 2008 | Obama Will be Good for Europe

Obama comes from the most ideological and, therefore, most dangerous part of the Democratic party. ++ He supports policies that will aggravate many international problems. ++ Despite all this, he should be president because the probable hiatus of universal US influence that the Obama presidency may bring would mean an unforeseen break for Europe to act as an adult in world politics. ++

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August 15, 2008 | "Iraq May Be Stable, but the War Was a Mistake"

Recent progress in Iraq does not excuse the war as a whole. ++ It was good to get rid of Saddam Hussein, but the hasty invasion encouraged terrorism and hostility around the world and recent US criticism of Russia’s invasion now seems hypocritical. ++ McCain wants to use US successes to smear Obama, but Obama is right to reject dependence on hard power. ++ Even though Iraq was declared a

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July 31, 2008 | Fixed Date for US Withdrawal From Iraq a Mistake

US presidential candidates have been so busy campaigning they lost sight of the changes taking place in Iraq. ++ For the first time in years, the risk of a massive insurrection has diminished and there are realistic prospects for reconciliation among the Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni parts of the country. ++ Establishing a fixed deadline for the withdrawal of the US forces would not only rid the

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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 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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July 25, 2008 | The Lingering Sound of Obama's Speech

The German government welcomes Obama’s call for a renewal of transatlantic relations. ++ The
reactions of the public are heterogeneous: some expected a key speech and were disappointed afterwards while others liked Obama’s decision to speak as a citizen of the world. ++ Political scientist Langguth warned of a transfiguration of the US-German relationship. ++ No matter who will win the US

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July 24, 2008 | The Hope for Change

The need for a renewal of transatlantic relations is widely felt among the German public and the expectations are high regarding Obama’s stance on climate protection, peace, and shared values. ++ But there will also be delicate issues arising such as economic relations between both countries and the German fear that Obama could enhance protectionism in the US. ++ Moreover, the canditates’ plan

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July 24, 2008 | Behind Maliki's Games

An anonymous Iraqi official assumes that Maliki thinks Obama will win the presidential election and is taking preemptive steps in order to collect chits that he can later call in. ++ President Bush wisely ignored Maliki’s demand for US troops to withdraw. ++ One should keep in mind that Maliki was not a proponent of the US-led invasion and spent years in exile in Syria and Iran. ++ Iraqi

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July 23, 2008 | Obama is Just what the Middle East Needs

Over the last few weeks, Obama has confused both Arabs and Israelis with his notes on Palestinian suffering and the status of Jerusalem. ++ But contrary to McCain, Obama shows basic respect for the Palestinians and admits that the Israel-Palestine conflict contributes to the region’s instability. ++ Moreover, he promises to practice active, engaged mediation between Israelis and Palestinians and

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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 23, 2008 | Bribing Voters With a Populist Energy Policy

John McCain intends to subsidize domestic drilling and cut taxes to “free” the US of its dependence on foreign oil. ++ However, the basic rules of microeconomics doom this popular yet cynical energy policy to failure. ++ American gas prices would still be linked to global supply, demand would remain high, and the environmental consequences would be disastrous. ++ A transition to alternative

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June 10, 2008 | Say Farewell to Bush, not to Cooperation

The vital partnership of the EU and the US should be continued through the end of Bush’s term. ++ Issues such as the economy, Iran, Iraq, and climate change require the joint policy of financial and executive bodies. ++ The West also needs to display unity and determination in the face of Medvedev’s Russia, which has retained the nationalist tones and the threatening energy policy of the Putin

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June 5, 2008 | The Primaries are Over so the Race Can Begin

Striking differences between McCain and Obama on issues such as Iraq, the economy, global warming, energy, and the international standing of the US, mean the real debate can now begin. ++ Clinton should rally behind Obama and he should make a place for her supporters, since both would enable him to tone up and substantiate his campaign. ++ Obama needs to counter McCain with concrete suggestions

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June 5, 2008 | McCain: We Should Not be Scared but Prepared

The personality of the US election winner will fundamentally shape transatlantic relations, but the fact remains that today the priorities of the EU and US differ more than ever before. ++ In the multipolar world that has succeeded the Cold War, there is no longer something “inevitable about the transatlantic alliance.” ++ Europeans who are dreaming of Obama as president should both temper their

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June 5, 2008 | For Victory, Obama Needs Clinton

In order to win the presidency Obama must quickly readjust his strategy. ++ The long and fierce battle between the two democratic candidates has alienated supporters from both sides. ++ In the May 20 Kentucky primary, 2/3 of Clinton supporters said they will vote for the Republican candidate or not vote at all if Clinton is not the nominee.++ Though voters now prefer Democratic policy positions

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June 4, 2008 | Obama Won but Clinton is Still Important

Obama has claimed the Democratic nomination, but Clinton will remain an important figure over the next months. ++ Clinton “did well among working-class whites, older voters and women” so her eventual endorsement of Obama will be crucial. ++ Clinton would do little to help balance Obama’s ticket and he cannot afford to offer her the vice-presidential nomination unless he is certain she will

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May 27, 2008 | Candidates' Foreign Policy Differences are Rhetorical

The foreign policy discussion between McCain and Obama has helped portray the former as uncompromising and the latter as visionary. ++ Since US strategy in Iraq has required diplomats to negotiate with Shiite militiamen, Sunni insurgents or Iranian counterparts for years now, the candidates’ debate regarding their respective approach to negotiation is both unrealistic and hypocritical. ++ In any

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May 26, 2008 | McCain is a Better Choice for Europe

Europeans’ support for Obama based solely on his Democratic credentials ignores his resistance to free trade which is something on which Europe depends. ++ “His ‘Invest in America’ policy can hardly be topped as protectionist mindset, and his ‘Fair Trade’ policies would lead to a restriction of world trade.” ++ Despite looming years of economic austerity and the US’s loss of power, both Clinton

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May 8, 2008 | Foreign Policy: McCain Aims High but Misses the Mark

John McCain’s recent neoconservative foreign policy proposals are of questionable merit. ++ Reorganizing the G8 to the exclusion of Russia and China, will effectively render the organization irrelevant. ++ A League of Democracies on the other hand will impede cooperation with key nondemocratic strategic allies in areas such as terrorism and proliferation. ++ These propositions also put McCain at

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May 8, 2008 | Freedom and Democracy No Longer on the March

With high oil prices allowing authoritarian regimes to consolidate power, and US influence and moral authority in decline, the global trend towards democratization appears to be reversing. ++ This is particularly apparent in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe clings to power by all means and attempts to subvert elections. ++ More than ever a proactive approach by the US is needed to work

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April 29, 2008 | Visions of Foreign Policy Oppose Candidates

While Obama upholds transformation, Mc Cain’s intentions suggest a great deal of continuity based on American power considerations. ++ Obama emphasizes negotiation and the use of the US “potential for attraction instead of its capacity for duress.” ++ In practice, pressure groups’ and congress’ likely resistance to multilateralism indicate that Mc Cain’s

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April 28, 2008 | "McCain Turned Into a Foreign Policy Schizophrenic"

While the world is looking at Clinton and Obama, Senator McCain’s speech of 03/26 remained unnoticed. ++ McCain suggested expelling Russia from the G8 and excluding China as well. ++ His most radical foreign policy idea breaks with traditional US attempts to integrate these major global powers. ++ McCain shouldn’t be “iterating between neoconservative posturing and realist common

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April 23, 2008 | New US President Must Deliver Hope for Conservation

While it is undisputed that a new Democratic president would improve environmental policies, it might not be enough. ++ A call for the US to set an example in conservation for rising industrial economies must be heeded. ++ Restricted by domestic approval, each candidate proposes little in the way of emissions reduction, whereas studies show that a greener policy would hardly dampen the economy.

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April 14, 2008 | Foes of the US no Longer Fear or Respect it

US’s coercive tools - military might and economic leverage - have severely diminished due to failure in Iraq, expensive oil, and the rise of new industrial giants. ++ The next president needs to acknowledge the ineffectiveness of unilateral economic sanctions. ++ As major economic players like China readily deal with rogue states, a successful policy of containment requires widespread

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April 10, 2008 | Europe Votes Democrat, but Asia Tends Republican

The three largest Asian Powers China, India and Japan have good reason to hope for a Republican US President. ++ China and India see the world more in terms of classic balance-of-power equations. ++ Balancing a rising China is important to Japan. ++ India and China are especially interested in more free-trade oriented policies and were sympathetic to Bush’s pro-Indian strategic

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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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April 3, 2008 | An Obama-Webb Ticket?

While Jim Webb would have many weaknesses on the campaign trail, he could be a great vice president to Obama. ++ Senator Webb’s military experience outstrips that of any other likely democratic VP candidate, his authenticity gains him respect, and he could help Obama win in several red states. ++ He would be viewed as a cultural conservative and genuine democratic, and would symbolically balance

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April 1, 2008 | Hyper-partisanship Encumbers US Hyperpower

Partisan polarization over foreign policy is stronger than ever before. ++ A Democratic, rather European, vision of diplomacy is opposed to a Republican celebration of American exceptionalism and forceful great-power politics. ++ Partisanship scatters support, causes confusion, and hinders continuity and efficiency. ++ Future foreign policy “will suffer from a lack of certainty rather than an

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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 31, 2008 | Living up to European Expectations

The decline of America’s image in Europe is less a matter of hostility than disillusionment. ++ Reinvigorating the transatlantic relationship requires a more flexible, multilateral US, and Europe
to take more responsibility in the face of common problems. ++ With better attempts to deal with climate change and torture allegations rather than isolationism, the US could easily re-conquer Europe’s

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March 31, 2008 | Getting the US out of Iraq is the Smart Thing to Do

US disengagement in Iraq will increase long term stability in the region. ++ Al-Qaeda is not behind most of the insurgency. ++ Disengagement should include serious dialogues with Iraqi leaders and those of neighboring areas, including Iran. ++ Overall goal of US strategy should be to stabilize the Middle East by ending the war in Iraq, negotiating with Iran, and leading Israel and Palestine to

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March 20, 2008 | Building Peace Through a Global Democratic Alliance

The 100 plus democratic nations need to come together as a “League of Democracies.” ++ NATO and the EU must build an effective military. ++ A strong NATO and EU are in the interest of the United States. ++ Global warming and vulnerability to autocracies are the next international challenges. ++ The US must be a model country, leading the world while listening to and respecting its allies.

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January 25, 2008 | 2008: Remaking Transatlantic Relations

Andrew Moravcsik of Princeton University says that 2008 could be a “year of destiny for transatlantic relations”. Regardless of the outcome, the American elections are likely to spark a change in US foreign policy and the European Union could take advantage of this to focus the attention of the new administration on the achievements of the EU.
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April 30, 2007 | Ray Suarez on Religion and the American Vote

Religion, and religious voters, have an increased influence in the electoral process in the US, says Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for the Jim Lehrer NewsHour. The author of The Holy Vote, was hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the US to tour Europe and talk about religion and politics. The recent shift towards a more open discussion about

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April 16, 2007 | Guillemette Faure on Old European France

In the upcoming 2008 US presidential elections, it appears as though accusing one’s opponent of being French will remain an effective strategy. Guillemette Faure, author of La France Made in the USA, reports that four years after de Villepin voted “non” to the Iraq War at the UN Security Council, anti-French sentiment still hovers at 57 % in the US. Although the US and France have worked

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