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GMFUS: America Rediscovers the Atlantic

GMFUS: America Rediscovers the Atlantic –

This article was first published in Aspenia, Aspen Italia’s journal. It can be read here in its original form (printed in Italian).

Most Europeans will be pleased with the re-election of President Obama after a campaign that many in Europe never realized was such a close run thing. Yet, there are lingering concerns, not least over the extent to which a second Obama Administration will focus on transatlantic relations – a subject that hardly featured in the presidential campaign. Public opinion surveys, and comments from American officials have many convinced that the so-called “pivot to Asia” spells less attention to the Atlantic. Americans, especially younger Americans, are looking to Asia as a region increasingly important to their perceived interests. But this hardly means that the Atlantic has disappeared from the US agenda. Indeed, the strategic significance of the Atlantic could acquire important new meaning to the extent that it is defined more broadly, to include the Atlantic basin as a whole, north and south. The north-south and south-south dimensions of transatlantic relations are poised to take center stage.

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Underground, but Not Buried

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Joerg ForbrigGerman Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS), September 17, 2012

This essay was originally published by Transitions Online. It can be read here in its original form.

When Charter ’97, one of the premier independent sources of information in Belarus, opened its new office in Warsaw on 14 September, it marked yet another twist in an incredible odyssey that has had many of them.

What their home country’s autocratic ruler, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, had in store for this committed team of human rights activists, democrats, and journalists over the last two years is nothing less than a political thriller from the darkest days of the Soviet Union. At the same time, it is a lesson in how many Belarusians, direct neighbors of the European Union, continue their struggle for a Europe whole and free and deserve all the support the democratic West can muster. Such assistance, however, remains insufficient… (more) http://ow.ly/1mus6T

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Riga Conference 2012 Is Underway

German Marshall Fund of the United States, September 2012

The Riga Conference has become a leading foreign and security policy forum in Northern Europe. For two days in September, world-renowned political, intellectual and business leaders gather in the heart of Rīga to debate today’s most pressing international challenges. The conference brings together over 300 politicians, experts, academics, diplomats, media and officials from around the world. It will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with key stakeholders on issues ranging from the financial crisis to NATO enlargement to Putin’s Russia… (more)  http://ow.ly/1ms4ZL

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Three Troubling Scenarios for Turkey and Transatlantic Partners

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, September 2012

Almost two years on from the start of the Arab Spring, the situation across the Middle East and the Mediterranean continues to produce worrisome security challenges for Turkey and Ankara’s transatlantic partners. Amid these destabilizing changes, three scenarios stand out, and could prove transformative for the security environment in and around Turkey, with no less important implications for Europe and the United States. First, Syria’s civil war could drag on for as long as a decade, further destabilizing an already fragile neighborhood. Second, Iran could develop, or come close to developing, a nuclear weapon. Finally, tensions in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean could escalate from a simmer to a boil… (more) http://ow.ly/1ms0M9

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The Prospects and Meaning of a Strategic EU-Turkey Dialogue on the Neighborhood

The European Union and Turkey

The European Union and Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nathalie TocciGerman Marshall Fund of the United States, September 14, 2012

Mistrust and missed opportunities characterize one of the most important relationships in the European space — that between Turkey and the European Union. As the Arab Spring unfolds, the absence of a joint EUTurkey strategy to confront the shared challenges of the neighborhood becomes costlier by the day. From an EU perspective, the logic of cooperation with Turkey has become more compelling given the renewed significance of the Turkish model in the neighborhood. No longer a simplistic and static slogan, the Turkish experience has become a more dynamic and articulate notion that Arab leaders can explore as they grapple with the challenges of domestic change… (more) http://ow.ly/1mrY14

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Europe Must Drop its Crisis Routine

German Marshall Fund of the United States: Europe Must Drop its Crisis  http://ow.ly/1mpnyD

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Transatlantic Trends 2012

German Marshall Fund of the United States: Transatlantic Trends 2012 http://ow.ly/1mpl9d

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