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.

The Deputy Secretary General of NATO Responds to Your Questions

Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow, has answered your questions! Here we have published his responses to ten of your questions, on a broad range of topics covering NATO's post-summit agenda. These topics include the NATO presence in Afghanistan, the conflict in Syria, relations with Russia, the operation in Libya, Smart Defense, missile defense, and NATO's role in the Caucasus. Make sure to let us know what you think. View
 

Divided We Fall: The Case of ASEAN

The unprecedented disunity within ASEAN can be attributed to both internal and external factors. With rising tensions between China and the Philippines, and neighboring states picking one side or the other, the emerging US-Chinese rivalry for regional influence further threatens the institutional cohesion and economic collaboration of ASEAN. View
 

Applying Moscow's Take on Responsibility to Protect to Syria

The Syrian crisis marks the ultimate test for the responsibility to protect norm. The inability of the UN Security Council to reach a timely consensus does not only harm Syrians, but weakens the concept that shields populations from crimes against humanity. Instead of criticizing the vetoing of resolutions, Western powers must persuade Russia and China to propose their own visions of the norm. View
 

The Pitfalls of Aid After the Arab Spring

Population growth, limited perspectives for youth, and old societal structures combined with serious environmental and economic challenges render most Middle Eastern countries prone to crisis, if not collapse. The Arab spring could be only the first taste of things to come. View
 

Germany-Turkey-United States as a New Triple Entente

The on-going conflict in Syria, the anti-American/anti-Western nature of protests in the Middle East, increased Green on Blue attacks, among other issues has created a new set of geopolitical challenges. Could these challenges be better pre-empted by channelling smart defence through a more robust Germany-Turkey-United States partnership in order to advance NATO states' collective interests? View
 

At the Table with Iran: Progress Depends on Right Order of Steps

The order of steps undertaken within the West’s coercive dual-track approach has to be altered; the lifting of sanctions and recognition of Iran's right to nuclear energy is required to reach a diplomatic solution. Refusing to do this will only play into the hands of Iranian hardliners and those who argue that the West is prohibiting outsiders from joining the nuclear club. more View
 

The New Great Game in Central Asia

Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman interviews Professor Alex Cooley on the geopolitical role of Central Asia, and how outside powers - Russia, China, and the United States - are competing for influence in the region, as the British and Russian empires did a century ago. View
 

Your Ideas, Your NATO: A Look Back

Atlantic-community.org’s 2012 policy workshop competition "Your Ideas, Your NATO" featured many outstanding articles from students and young professionals, produced innovative policy ideas for the Atlantic Memos, and received enthusiastic feedback from decision makers. Editor-in-Chief Joerg Wolf takes a look back at the five months in a video statement featured in this article. View
 

Editors' Picks for Your Summer Reading

You can download for free two new eBooks based on our Iran theme week and other atlantic-community.org member articles selected by the editorial team. Enjoy stimulating summer reading on your eReader or a PDF printout. View
 

Responding to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy appeared at atlantic-community.org's policy debate in Berlin yesterday via video, offering her reaction to the three Atlantic Memos from the policy workshop competition.   Memos from the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" competition have also received feedback from US Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy and other... View