Trans-Atlantic Trade at the Crossroads: Prospects for TTIP in 2016 and Beyond

After three years of negotiations, TTIP is at a critical juncture. If the agreement is not concluded this year, the results of upcoming elections on both sides of the Atlantic will unquestionably disrupt its course.

B|Brief: To Counter Extremism, Europe Must Move Beyond Security and Focus on Neighborhoods

Following a spate of deadly attacks in Western Europe, governments have adopted a largely military-oriented response to secure the homeland and counter violent extremism. Amid renewed calls for yet more security measures, and with Germany considering the deployment of soldiers to its streets for the first time since World War II, governments at the national and city level must not discount the efficacy of...

B|Brief: Inside Turkey’s Economy: Risks, Rewards and the Challenges Ahead

On July 15, Turkey’s tumultuous 2016 took a shocking twist as elements within the country’s military attempted a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the days following the attempt, Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency and began purges of depth and breadth that extended beyond public ministries and into the private sector.

Now, many question the extent to which Erdogan will consolidate power, and what implications this could have for Turkish democracy and for broader regional geopolitics.

In the coming months, Turkey’s economic resilience could play an equally important factor in determining the outcome of the current upheaval.

B|Brief: A New Role for France: Europe’s Pivotal Nation

The British referendum on membership to the European Union sent shockwaves in every conceivable direction. Many on the European continent pronounced the Brexit vote, the end of two unions – the United Kingdom and the EU.

Germany, a country that has based its post-WWII foreign policy on consensus building, multilateralism and a strong Europe, now finds itself in a position with which it is decidedly uncomfortable – leader of Europe. Caught in the middle – both geographically and politically – of this Brexit maelstrom is France, which must now pivot between the United Kingdom and Germany, in equal measure, to strengthen the bonds in a Europe that is becoming increasingly fragmented.

B|Brief: Negotiators Advance TTIP Agenda but Several Key Issues Remain

The latest round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) concluded earlier this month with an air of uncertainty, as U.S. and EU negotiators committed to continue the process of resolving differences and consolidating texts without concrete plans for when or where the next round will take place.

Negotiators tabled a record number of text proposals this round and made progress on important technical details related to market access, regulatory issues and trade rules. However, the parties remain deadlocked on several critical elements of the agreement, including market access for services, government procurement and investment protection.

B|Brief: Protecting Europe’s Family Ties in Trying Times

In 1946, it was British Conservative Winston Churchill who famously called for the creation of a European family and the establishment of a United States of Europe. So perhaps it is fitting that another Tory may preside over the family’s dissolution.

The upcoming British EU referendum is a step in the wrong direction for the European Union, but it certainly isn’t the first. What began as a dream of an ever-closer union has devolved into a collection of states in which national interest trumps unity.

B|Brief: The Pacific Alliance 2.0 – Next Level Integration

Just a few years ago, the Pacific Alliance, then a new pact between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, was considered the most important alliance you’ve never heard of. However, that anonymity was short-lived.

As the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru prepare for their eleventh Presidential Summit this July in Chile, we look at some of the areas where the Alliance could take integration to the next level.

B|Brief: Austrian Elections: When the Peoples' Parties Lose the People

When Austrians went to the polls in last month’s presidential election, the political establishment received a jarring wakeup call. Amid mounting frustration with the establishment, voters sent two so-called “outsiders” into a competitive runoff, taking place this weekend. Norbert Hofer, a member of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) famously totes a Glock 26, and has said that refugees are a major threat to Austrian security. His opponent, Green Party veteran Alexander Van der Bellen is running as an independent in this race. He advocates for a strong and cohesive European Union and protecting refugees on humanitarian grounds. Although the role of president is largely ceremonial in Austria, the face-off between two extremes reveals a deepening polarization of the country.

B|Brief: Latest TTIP Round Yields Progress, Gridlock

Negotiators from the United States and the European Union convened in New York City last month for the 13th round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on the heels of the highly anticipated visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Hannover Messe in Germany.

Intense negotiations continued on nearly all chapters of the agreement. Incremental progress was made, but significant points of disagreement remain in areas such as market access, regulatory cooperation and the overall structure of the agreement.

B|Brief: A Road for Two: Brexit and the Future of Ireland

April 25, 2016

by Anthony Silberfeld

The last time a British exit affected the island of Ireland, the year was 1916. With the threat of a new Brexit looming, Dublin and Belfast must prepare to absorb and react to a concussive wave that will shake the island again.

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