NATO Secretary General’s Annual Report

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen released his annual report on January 31, 2013. The report addressed both the achievements of the NATO Alliance in 2012, and the challenges it faced. In particular, Rasmussen focused on the issue of NATO military capabilities in a period of global financial crisis. Click here to go to the NATO website and read the report.

Top Ten Issues on the Transatlantic Agenda

The editorial team presents our top ten issues for this year's transatlantic agenda. We identify what we think the big issues will be over the coming year, as well as where potential for transatlantic and global cooperation might lie. These ten topics will form the inspiration for some of our theme weeks and competitions over the coming months, so make sure to let us know what interests you. View

 

NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Answers Members' Questions

We are excited to present the answers of our exclusive Q&A with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow. The editorial team picked the 10 best questions of the 50 submitted for him to answer. Read the Ambassador's responses on a range of topics covering NATO's post-summit agenda, including Afghanistan. View

 

Smart Defense Policies: Short-Term Actions, Long-Term Vision

The aim of NATO's Smart Defense initiative is to provide more security for less money. Our Atlantic Community policy memo provides several recommendations on how to achieve this through securing state participation in the initiative. The ultimate success of Smart Defense will depend on how well NATO packages and markets these projects. View

Memos Receive Feedback from the US Ambassador to Germany

At the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" event in Berlin in May 2012, Ambassador of the United States to Germany Philip Murphy addressed an audience of over 130 registered attendees on a number of key issues in Atlantic Memo 38: the significance of multinational military training and how the goal of youth engagement and the proposed transparency. View

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NATO Secretary General’s Annual Report

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen released his annual report on January 31, 2013. The report addressed both the achievements of the Alliance in 2012, and the challenges it faced. In particular, Rasmussen focused on current crisis management operations; the development of Alliance partnerships; and, above all, on the issue of NATO military capabilities in a period of global financial crisis. This article includes a link to the report. View
 

The Time has Come for an Atlantic Internal Market

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle argues in this article for atlantic-community.org, "There is no doubt that European-American relations have improved in the past four years. Our coordination and cooperation have grown even closer. Nonetheless, in the face of a pressing need for reform, both Europe and the US have become more inward-looking in their economic and financial policy than is good for us in a rapidly changing world." View
 

Qatar: A Rising Player in Middle Eastern Affairs

The deteriorating situation in Syria has brought the significant role that external powers are playing in giving their tacit backing to anti-Assad forces into sharper focus. Qatar has demonstrated its support by allowing the recognized Syrian opposition to stage the majority of their meetings in Doha. Qatar was also one of the first countries to support the international military coalition to remove Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi from power in Libya. View
 

Atlantic-community.org has a New Design!

We are very excited to relaunch our open think tank's website. Our new design features many improvements, the most important of which is the enhanced visibility of our members' op-eds. The Your Opinion section will now take center stage, meaning that there will be a greater focus on your work, and less to distract from it. We are very much looking forward to you browsing the new website, commenting on articles, and networking with your peers! View
 

Top Ten Issues on the Transatlantic Agenda

What issues do you think will prove important in transatlantic relations this year? In this article, the editorial team presents our top ten topics for 2013. We identify what we think the big issues for 2013 might be, as well as where potential for transatlantic and global cooperation might lie. These ten topics will form the inspiration for some of our theme weeks and competitions over the coming months, so make sure to let us know what interests you. View
 

The Next Four Years in US Foreign Policy: The Obama Nominations and Transatlantic Relations

As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, what should we expect from the President and his new team? At first glance, Obama's nominations might suggest a renewed enthusiasm within the administration for a reinvigorated transatlantic partnership, but this is open to debate. What follows is a short introduction to Obama's top three appointments and an analysis of what these appointments might mean for Europe and transatlantic relations. View
 

About Face Needed in Canadian Approach to Mali Intervention

In 2008, Prime Minister Harper stated that ‘a robust military response' would be needed to solve some of the world's more complex problems. Four years later and Canada's experience in Afghanistan has eroded support for foreign military interventions. Global economic woes have become all-consuming, leaving Canada with a foreign/aid policy stripped of its ideological raison d'être. This is aptly illustrated in Canada's approach to Mali. View
 

International Cooperation Needed to Regulate Drone Policy

Now is the time to review US drone policy. The US has over 8,000 drones in service and these aircraft dominate R&D funding. Meanwhile, discussion on the use of drones is beginning to intensify in the US, raising questions surrounding the ethics and legality of their use. As NATO and other states around the world begin to develop and acquire their own drones, the US must enter into a more comprehensive dialogue with its partners concerning their responsible use in the years to come. View
 

International Event Calendar 2013

2013 looks set to be an interesting year in transatlantic relations. Elections dominate as two key euro zone states face the polls and the headline-grabbing states of Israel, Iran, Egypt, and Pakistan also hold elections. Several notable anniversaries in the history of transatlantic relations also occur, as do a range of key summits and conferences. The following are some events which we feel might prove important. What do you think? Let us know through leaving your comments. View
 

Smart Defense: A Eurosubmarine

The nuclear submarine fleets of Britain and France are in need of replacement. Both countries and their defense industries should build a single co-produced platform. This "Eurosubmarine" might initially be designed to fully replace each nation's fleet in an economical way, but could eventually lead to a joint European nuclear deterrent. In addition, this could set the stage for further join-military projects aligning with the Smart Defense strategy. View