Publications

The culmination of conferences in Washington, DC and Brussels, European Unconventional Gas Developments: Environmental Issues and Regulatory Challenges in the EU and the U.S. outlines the regulatory lessons learned during the recent shale gas boom in the United States and seeks to build a regulatory framework for the European context.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member Kurt Volker argues that allied political leaders must make a stronger case for NATO and that the Alliance must be seen as successful for it to regain public support in his brief “Increasing Outreach, Public Understanding and Support for NATO across the Transatlantic Community.”
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In “U.S. European Command and NATO’s Strategic Concept: Post-Afghanistan and Beyond,” Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member Harlan Ullman argues that after the NATO drawdown from Afghanistan, EUCOM will become even more important as a means of sustaining and building NATO’s capabilities and capacities in an era of limited defense resources.
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In ‘EUCOM’s Future Force Structure,’ Kori Schake warns that EUCOM is losing the argument with the services, particularly the U.S. Army, about the importance and value of U.S. forces stationed in Europe. This Program on International Security issue brief is part of a series of five issue briefs to assess the future roles, missions and tasks of the United States European Command in the aftermath of the approval of the new NATO Strategic Concept and the initiatives launched at the November 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon. These publications are the product of a collaborative effort between the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group and the Institute for National Security Studies at the National Defense University.

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Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Walt Slocombe analyzes how the 2010 NATO Strategic Concept will impact Alliance nuclear politics and posture in “Nuclear Issues for NATO After the Strategic Concept.”
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In “EUCOM and NATO-EU Relations after the Lisbon Summit: Bank Shots Score Too,” Leo Michel urges the United States to ‘embed’ officers with allied and partner defense institutions and for EUCOM to work with other European institutions on the implementation of the Comprehensive Approach.

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A new Atlantic Council report summarizes two years’ worth of rich and deep discussions from our “Mapping the Economic and Financial Future” speakers’ forum. Our Global Business and Economics Program has partnered with Deutsche Bank on this important initiative to help build the intellectual foundation for understanding the financial crisis, and drive the debate on how the global economy can return to growth. 

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Iran Nuclear Weapons

In Iran Sanctions: Preferable to War but No Silver Bullet, South Asia Center Non-resident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin outlines the penalties imposed on Iran as a result of its nuclear program; its support for organizations the U.S. government has designated as terrorist; and its human rights abuses.
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President Obama's visit to Europe this week is giving him the opportunity to bury once and for all perceptions that have dogged his administration from the outset: that the US has lost interest in Europe, and has put a higher priority on resetting relations with an authoritarian Russia than it has on the completion of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. Such completion, of course, has been a goal of successive US administrations since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

After a state visit to Britain to reset the "special relationship," and a stop in Ireland – ideal for showing US support for the EU and euro given Ireland's debt troubles – he is using today's G8 Summit in France to show that the US and Europe can work together effectively on global issues, especially on supporting reform and democracy in the broader Middle East. This renews former President Bush's emphasis on these themes at the US-hosted G8 Summit in 2004.
In the wake of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, "Europe whole, free and secure" was not just a vision. It became a successful policy leading to the consolidation of democracy in Central Europe and, with the region's integration into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU), the end of a divided continent. 

This outcome was neither easy nor obvious. Turning the collapse of the communist system into a triumph of free market democracies in Central Europe required leadership both within the countries of the region and in the West. Central European leaders had to make tough decisions and enact painful reforms in order to transform their societies. At the same time, North American and West European leaders had to be courageous and visionary to invest in these reform processes and then to welcome these nations into Europe's great institutions.

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