Your Opinion

Short opinion pieces (500-700 words) with a strong thesis and policy recommendations are the core of the Open Think Tank. Some advice on how to write and submit a great op-ed. We also encourage you to comment on the articles by fellow members.

The best arguments from the articles and comments will be summarized in Atlantic Memos that are presented to decision-makers.

NATO Needs to Make Itself Heard

NATO's strength is based on the cooperation and support of many nations. Member nations however seem to be less willing to protect one another as diverging threat perceptions arise. NATO must begin creating ways for member citizens to interact and associate thereby increasing unity and cohesion in the face of future challenges. View

To Enhance Cohesion, NATO Should Change Its Name

As former Soviet states joined the Alliance, a problem of unity emerged for conceptions of order and military thinking differed. Today, NATO is facing increasing pressure to cope with multiple challenges. A lack of cohesion may have disastrous consequences for world peace. What I therefore proposed is not concerned with the internal structure of the alliance. Instead, I recommend changing NATO’s name as a way of enhancing cohesion through meaning. View

NATO: Solidarity Through Diversity

To improve cohesion, NATO must accept that consensus will rarely be found at the operational level. While all NATO members must be united in their grand strategic desire for peace and security within the NATO framework, the 21st century presents too many threats at different levels for all member states to share the same intensity of concerns at the same time. NATO must accept that solidarity will come from a willingness to accept diversity. View

How Europe and the US Can Usher in a New Age of Solidarity

Faced with multiple potential threats, NATO allies must ensure they remain united. This is made more problematic by US retrenchment from Europe. To prevent this, European members will have to achieve the 2% target, and deploy some of their forces to the Pacific. In addition, Eastern and Southern members should work alongside each other more frequently in order to foster greater solidarity and friendship. View

Increasing Solidarity: How to Fairly Prioritize the Alliance's Security Threats

The best way to increase solidarity within NATO is to ensure that every nation's voice is heard with equal attention and their security concerns addressed. A sixth committee, answering to the Assembly, would help to prioritize and deal with these concerns fairly. View

A Time Capsule to the Present: Restructure. Recruit. Rebalance

NATO members currently do not have similar priorities. If NATO hopes to strengthen its coalition, it must change its organizational structure to allow different nations to pursue different interests, recruit other nations that share similar goals, and finally, ease the burden of defense from the United States’ shoulders. These practical steps will allow NATO to continue fighting to preserve and spread democratic ideals around the world. View

The Threats Within

NATO may face many divergent threats abroad as its members perceive different areas as more concerning, but the true concern that unites NATO members comes from within. Populist, nationalist movements are rising throughout the West with the intent to withdraw from the economic unions that have ensured peace among Western countries. The changes will not end there as these movements continue to push for the withdrawal of their respective countries from NATO. View

Solidarity Means Involvement

For several years the discussion on NATO was limited to two general issues: the undeniable power of the United States to operate globally and Article V as the best guarantee of safety. In fact, each NATO member should consider its own involvement in common defense policy in order to avoid falling victim to the "waiting for others" strategy. View

Prioritizing Threats to Bring the Alliance Together

With the introduction of a threat level indicator system NATO can prioritize national threats to NATO members. Accordingly it can create coherence as members of the Alliance are confident their concerns are being discussed and an appropriate NATO led response coordinated. View

Creating a Credible Identity Through a Perimeter

NATO has an incredible opportunity to rebrand itself as a new generation – disaffected with trends in globalization – comes of age. By constructing an identity associated with a fixed geographic perimeter, NATO has more ideological tools to convey its objectives to its constituent publics. It will reintroduce NATO’s purpose to a new generation and allow for redefining the organization’s objective in the 21st century's political landscape. View