EA July 2013

Perspectives: “Buy America” and the Future of TTIP

Jesper Packert PedersenHenrik Fogh Rasmussen The European Union and the United States government launched long-awaited negotiations on what would be the largest free trade agreement in history—the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on July 8th.  While officials on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed optimism about prospects for the agreement, almost everyone agrees that the negotiations will be difficult.


“A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986 to 2012,” by Jason Healey

bill marmon april 2013Jason Healey’s new book  “A Fierce Domain,”  is a fascinating compilation of essays on the “history” of  global cyber conflict. A graduate of the Air Force Academy who served in an early cyber war unit of the U.S. Air Force,  Healey  has a wide ranging background that includes time as a Goldman Sachs vice-president in Hong Kong and director for Cyber Infrastructure  Protection at the White House under President George W. Bush. He is currently director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Georgetown.


Perspectives: Six Myths of Innovation Policy

michael.nelsonThere is broad, bipartisan agreement that spurring economic growth needs to be at the top of the policy agenda in both the U.S. and in Europe--and that fostering innovation is one of the best ways to do it. As a result, over the last three years, the U.S. Congress has reauthorized the America COMPETES Act and the Department of Commerce has put renewed focus on innovation. Likewise, the European Union has made an "Innovation Union" one of seven flagship initiatives in its Europe 2020 Strategy. Unfortunately, these efforts are limited and often lack the necessary political support because both policy makers and the general public misunderstand innovation and how best to promote it. This article examines six "myths of innovation policy."


Perspectives: Why the Next 18 Months are Critical for Europe’s Future

lamassoureEurope is at the crossroads.  Of course, whenever we speak about Europe or transatlantic relations, we are always at the crossroads, but it’s at a crossroad on four major issues.  The next 18 months will be decisive to know whether Europe will choose the right direction or not.


Review—Two European Women Who Count

mikemossettig Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis. By Alan Crawford and Tony Czuczka. Wiley/Bloomberg. 240 pages. $19.
Margaret Thatcher  From Grantham to the Falklands. By Charles Moore. Alfred Knopf. 859 pages. $35.

In the procession of mostly colorless men who have crossed the European political stage since the demise of Charles de Gaulle and the last of the World War II giants 44 years ago, two women have come to overshadow them all. The first was Margaret Thatcher, easily the most consequential British leader of the last half of the 20th century. And now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose thumbs up or down to any European fiscal, monetary or banking project is the 21st century equivalent to Nero's hand signals to whet or sate the appetite of lions in the Coliseum.

  • Organized Labor in U.S. and Germany—Will it Survive?

    By Michael Mosettig

    To the union leaders who occupy offices inside, the big white building just north of Lafayette Square in Washington is known as The House of Labor. Encased on marble, with a view of the White House, it exudes the power that once belonged to leaders of American labor unions to help pick and elect Democratic Party presidents and push their agendas through Congress.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Brussels & Berlin | October 2020e" by Nathan Crist

"Trade War 2020" by Emily Hruban


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