Shaping our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016

We have launched a new competition for students and young graduates to tell us their ideas on NATO: from increasing solidarity amongst its members, to suggesting ways that it should learn from its mistakes. The competition is part of's ongoing effort to empower young people in the transatlantic debate and develop solutions to important international issues through online collaboration. View

Misconceptions about German Business and Russia

Dr. Marcus Felsner, President of the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany, dispels the popularly held belief that German businesses have a "special affiliation" with Russia. The new generations of German business leaders are guided mostly by the allure of profits and competition. In the open market, he writes, there is no space for unprofitable German-Russian sentimentality. View

TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, first proposed in 2013, is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom.

TTIP Review

Check out our latest project, TTIP Review, which serves as a clearinghouse for some of the most important analyses on the prospective trade and investment partnership.

Similar to our former TTIP projects, this review is meant to provide all interested citizens with diverse information about the benefits, challenges, myths and facts surrounding the proposed partnership. View

EUPOL Afghanistan: What can the EU learn?

EUPOL Afghanistan is amongst the most negatively rated police missions of the EU. Since its establishment in 2007, it has largely failed to build sustainable solutions to civil insecurity in Afghanistan. The lack of a cohesive action plan has hindered its success. The EU must learn from its mistakes if it is to become a key player in international conflict management. View


Have ideas on foreign policy? Write a 500-700 word op-ed, offering your own policy recommendations on an issue important to the transatlantic community!
The best policy ideas go into our memo workshop, where Atlantic Community members debate the issues and look for consensus.
Recommendations that are supported by Atlantic Community members get collected into Atlantic Memos, our policy papers which we present to decision makers.
The Atlantic Community editorial team works to get our Memos in the hands of top policymakers, who periodically offer their feedback on
By crowdsourcing the best ideas from our members and getting their voices heard by influential players in Europe and North America, Atlantic Community is helping to shape the debate and future policy.

Increasing Influence on International Trade with TTIP

TTIP is not just a great chance for signatories to improve free trade. An agreement characterized by well-designed regulatory cooperation has the potential to become the framework for future international agreements encouraging free trade and strengthening Western influence in countries that opposed the end of recent WTO negotiations. This neglected potential is a reason to have small regulatory cooperation rather than no such cooperation at all. View

Shaping our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016

Our new policy workshop competition gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to reflect on the most pressing issues facing NATO today and to shape the future of the Alliance. Five winners will receive a trip to Berlin to present the collective ideas to decision-makers. View

Bibliography on NATO: Some Guidance for Getting Started

As a think-thank comprised mainly of Political Science students, we are keenly aware of the endless activities that foment procrastination when writing an article. In order to get the proverbial mental ball rolling for the "Shaping our NATO" competition, we have compiled some recent publications regarding NATO. These articles range from introductory texts to more area-focused and technical papers. View

How to Write a Great Op-Ed

As an open think tank, we provide a platform for anyone with good ideas on how to improve transatlantic policy. We encourage students and professionals to develop and share their analyses, commentary, and policy advice on contemporary issues of the economy, international security, and globalization. This text will explain how to write a great op-ed both for the new NATO competition but also an an op-ed unrelated to the competition. View

Rough Road Ahead for TTIP, but not Because of Leak

Andreas Dür and Rodrigo Polanco explain how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) became so unpopular. Recently, Greenpeace leaked 248 pages of classified documents from the negotiations. ResearchGate interviewed two researchers, who explain how groups like Greenpeace are shaping the discussion surrounding the agreement, and debate whether the deal still has a chance. View

Diverging Perceptions Between Russia and EU Complicate Solutions in Ukraine

Atlantische Initiative, publisher of, has concluded a German-language project "Germany and the Ukraine conflict" in which participants discussed their ideas on the causes and possible solutions for the Ukraine conflict with eminent policy-makers. Following this consultation, all parties deemed Russia a key factor in the conflict's escalation, and civil society the chief actor needed to counter the increasing divergence of perceptions between Russia and the West. View

Could TTIP Discourage Brexit?

Three years ago, during the G-8 Summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron called TTIP a "once-in-a-generation prize". Today, the negotiation of the TTIP is being called into question by the British referendum and a potential Brexit from the EU. The main question is whether Britain could allow itself to lose its trade competitiveness by exiting the common European market at a time when domestic economic growth rates are in decline? View

The Implications of TPP for TTIP

Given the discriminative nature of the TPP on non-participants, the signing of the agreement on February 4, 2016 will augment pressure on the EU to accelerate their own path to finalizing a transatlantic trade deal. Notwithstanding the strong opposition to the TTIP, negotiations are poised to produce an ambitious deal in line with US preferences and allow the EU to consolidate its leading position within global markets thereby reducing the potential pernicious effects of TPP. View

The Sunni Genocide in Syria

The Sunni population in Syria is facing extermination. Obama’s policy of non-intervention has allowed Shia militias to proliferate and facilitated their expansion into previously Sunni controlled areas. The missed opportunity for democracy means that crucial safeguards against genocide have been dismantled. It is certain that the Sunni communities will suffer from the consequences stemming from domestic repression and global inaction. View

EU has to Prevent Cooperation between Boko Haram and IS

Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State increases the possibility of international joint attacks that could destabilize North Africa and the Sahel. This could dramatically worsen the already overwhelming immigration crisis for the EU. In order to counter these threats, the EU must form a coalition and prepare to intervene in Libya. This will help provide much needed stability in the region. They must act quickly to avoid catastrophic consequences. View