TTIP: The View from Germany

By Thomas Straubhaar

No doubt, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has lost momentum. On both sides of the Atlantic, negotiations on the U.S.-EU trade pact started with optimism. Now, pessimists have the upper hand. They concentrate on the risks rather than the opportunities of TTIP. This is especially true with regard to Germany. The U.S.

The Post-Western World: Is There a Future for the Liberal Order?


On October 2, 2014 The Transatlantic Academy participated in a workshop held at the the Blinken European Institute at Columbia University in New York City. The event featured a presentation by May-Britt Stumbaum, Free University of Berlin, and a panel discussion with Sir Michael Leigh, TA Senior Fellow, and Christina Lin and Kateryna Pishchikova, both former TA Fellows.

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Why Is Turkey Increasing Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean?

By Michael Leigh

On September 23, the drill ship SAIPEM 10000 — built in South Korea at the cost of $250 million and flying the flag of the Bahamas — arrived in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus to begin exploring for gas under a license awarded to an Italian-South Korean consortium, ENI-KOGAS.

On Hungarian democracy, “it’s the elections, stupid”

Various influential U.S. policymakers, including a former as well as the incumbent president and officials from the State Department, have heavily criticized the current Hungarian government in the weeks before this Sunday’s local elections. However, as in any democracy, it is Hungary’s citizens that shall have the final word on the government’s performance – by casting their ballots.

Obama Program Threatens Civil Society Abroad

By Clifford Bob

The U.S. government opened a new battle front last month. It is not the war against Islamic State fighters in Syria, or the surprise attack on the Khorasan group, though.