March 2014

ISAF Ministers discuss Afghan mission progress and post-2014 planning

NATO Defence Ministers and counterparts from ISAF partner nations met with Afghan Defence Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi on Thursday (27 February 2014), to review ISAF mission progress and to discuss NATO’s relationship with Afghanistan after 2014. “We are focused on completing ISAF, but we also need certainty and predictability to launch our new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after the meeting.

Transatlantic Trade Agreement and Turkey

By Öznur KELEŞ

At their November 28th, 2011 summit, the EU and the U.S. decided to establish the High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth with the task of identifying policies and measures to increase trade and investment. In order to increase trade and investment in the relations between these two regions, the Working Group settled on creating a comprehensive agreement including bilateral trade, investment, and regulatory issues. It was thus that on February 13th, 2013, the two global actors decided to create the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). There’s substantial controversy over whether the agreement will be a game-changer or not. The partnership negotiations, which started in July, completed its third round on December 20th, 2013.   

Keep a Lid on Crimea

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By Dmitri Trenin, Andrew S. Weiss

Crimea is the most serious potential conflict in postrevolutionary Ukraine. The crisis could lead to a hot war in Ukraine and dramatically increase tensions between Russia and the West—no effort should be spared to avert this scenario.

New power means new responsibility

By Nikolay Markotkin

Germany’s importance on the international scene has been steadily increasing as of late. The German Marshall Fund (GMF), together with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) recently published the report “New Power, New Responsibility: Elements of a German Foreign and Security Policy for a Changing World”. We discussed this report and Germany’s new role with Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin.

The pressure is on Ukraine

By Anne Applebaum

The editor of a publication that will remain unnamed called me the other day wanting to know what I thought: Would Russia invade Ukraine before midnight? She needed to know before her deadline. I didn’t have any inside information, but I guessed: No, I told her, I didn’t think Russia would invade Ukraine ­— because it doesn’t need to.