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The end of the Cold War ended the state of affairs in which the transatlantic alliance was taken for granted. Having entered a new phase of transatlantic relations, which shared interests and values will connect us in the future? How does the transatlantic alliance adapt to a world in which economic and political leverage is shifting rapidly?

While still in the process of finding its role as a geopolitical actor, the consolidation and enlargement of the European Union has already started to change Europe’s global role in fundamental ways. In the future, the EU can be expected to increasingly consolidate its foreign policy by taking on tasks formerly conducted by NATO or the US. We believe that a transatlantic partnership is indispensible to meet the global nature of today’s political, economic and security challenges.

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The German Election and Donald Trump

Bundestagswahl

Since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, Germans have lost trust in the United States. Will Merkel cozy up to Trump after the election or continue to criticize his actions? Commentary in Foreign Affairs.

By Dominik Tolksdorf

Defending Freedom – An Appeal to Action

In his book Defending Freedom - How We Can Win the Fight for an Open Society”, Ralf Fücks sheds light on the underlying causes of the crisis of liberal democracy and the erosion of the political center. He concludes that our societies are undergoing a crisis of modernization triggered by four main fundamental changes

By Ralf Fücks

Doubts Remain that European Members will Meet NATO targets

The most discussed topics at this year’s Munich Security Conference were the new U.S. administration’s position on NATO and European security, and European commitment to meet the 2% defense budget target. But doubts remain if the European members will meet the NATO target.

By Dominik Tolksdorf , Leticia Mueller
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Identity and Exile: The Iranian Diaspora Between Solidarity and Difference

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Over five million Iranians are in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. They are influencing political and cultural debates in Iran on a daily basis. The aim of this publication is to promote a process of reflection within the diaspora and provide an input concerning the role and potential of the diaspora community in the US and Germany as well.

A Transatlantic Conversation on Drone Policy

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Armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — have become a central pillar of the United States’ counterterrorism strategy. A number of European actors have expressed growing concern regarding the lack of transparency, accountability, and clarity surrounding the U.S. drone program. Read the joint conference report by hbs and the Stimson Center on this pressing issue here. 

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