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.

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

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: A Recipe for NATO Cohesion

With the diversity of threats that jeopardize European solidarity today, it is critical to consider how the NATO Alliance can bolster its credibility and provide a sense of unity to its members. By re-examining external partnerships, restructuring intelligence mechanisms, and reminding NATO’s key constituents of the Alliance’s capabilities, NATO may rediscover the harmony that is so vital to an effective institution. View

Moving Forward from Crimea: Cohesion for Modern NATO

In the wake of a wave of tension with Russia, NATO now faces new challenges and threats on many fronts. In order to unify its 28 members, the Alliance needs to pursue compromise and coordination, and rally the public will behind itself in the face of nationalist sentiment. View

Strengthening EU Defense Capabilities Could Affect Solidarity Between NATO Members

Lack of solidarity has become one of the major barriers for both the further development of common defense capabilities and a better understanding among the members of NATO and the EU. Solutions should be directed at strengthening the bonds between countries and building a common geostrategic approach. Increasing solidarity between EU member states would result in the formation of a solid group in both organizations heading towards the same direction. View

School of Hard Knocks: Lessons from Crises show NATO Path Forwards

A series of different calamities have struck Europe one after the other in recent years from the 2008 recession, to the Ukrainian Crisis, to the migrant crisis. Taking a deeper look at the underlying causes of these issues and how they can help inform future decisions offers NATO the opportunity to formulate a coherent strategy moving forwards. View