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Atlantic Basin Initiative

When one speaks of 'transatlantic relations,' many have become accustomed to limiting their purview to the North Atlantic. In recent years, however, the peoples of the full Atlantic space -- North and South Atlantic together -- have been engaging and interacting in a whole host of ways that present both opportunities and challenges. CTR is working with an Eminent Persons Group drawn from the four continents of the Atlantic, as well as a new network of partner institutions across the full Atlantic space, to consider ways to work more effectively together with other Atlantic nations in an initiative for the Atlantic Basin. Read CTR Executive Director Dan Hamilton's outline of this effort here.

The Atlantic Basin Initiative is spearheaded by CTR Distinguished Fellow and former President of the Government of Spain Jose Maria Aznar and CTR Executive Director Dan Hamilton. It is supported by a variety of foundation, government and private donors. It currently consists of the following elements:

Click here to see who is a member of the Eminent Persons Network.

                         It is time to set aside the zero-sum formulas of the past and erase the invisible line dividing the South and North Atlantic. The moment has come to define a new Atlantic Community prepared to face the new world rising before us.

        Over 100 Eminent Person and a network of companies, do-tanks, and research institutes from Africa, Europe, and North and South American are working to give life to this New Atlantic Community in five areas:

Meeting summaries

  • January 2014, Veracruz, Mexico click here.

  • June 2013, Luanda Angola click here.

  • January 2013, Dominican Republic click here.

  • April 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil click here.

For photos click here.



  • Press Release for the White Paper of the Eminent Persons Group.

  • For a video of an interview on Sept. 26, 2012 at Casa de America, Madrid, click here.

  • For a video of the launch of Energy and the Atlantic at Casa de America, Madrid, click here.

  • See Brazil, Energy and the Atlantic Basin Opportunity by Mark Langevin here.

  • "Shale" or no "shale"? CTR's Gulbenkian Fellow Paul Isbell comments for here.


We wish to thank partners and those who have helped support our initative:

The European Union

ANIP | The Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa | CAF--Development Bank for Latin America
Erigo | Eurofinsa
The Governments of the States of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Veracruz, Mexico
IBT Group | The Inter-American Development Bank
PreBuild | Telefonica


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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Regional Perspectives on Aid for Trade

Michael Plummer, Director of SAIS Europe and Eni Professor of International Economics, will take part in a panel discussion and presentation of his latest publication, 'Regional Perspectives on Aid for Trade'.

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Rome 806 
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

More information can be found here.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Partnership Diplomacy: The Alliances and Strategic Partnerships of Major Powers

Presented by EGMONT - the Royal Institute for International Relations and FRIDE, this seminar will address how and for what purposes strategic partnerships have been developed and implemented by Brazil, China, the US and the EU. CTR Director Dan Hamilton will take part in the afternoon panel discussion and will discuss 'The American way of partnership.'

10:15 am - 1:30 pm
Thon Hotel EU
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, 1040
Brussels, Belgium

For more information and to register to attend click here.