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:
Eminent Persons Group
Click below for meeting summaries
For photos click here.
Mapping the New Atlantic
CTR is creating new mental maps of the Atlantic that trace in particular the growing connections among the four Atlantic continents that are being generated by changing flows of goods, services, energy, investment and capital, ideas, people, drugs and other illicit flows. Click here for a short powerpoint slideshow illustrating some of these connections.
The Atlantic Basin Policy Research Network
CTR is cooperating with scholars, public policy practitioners, NGO leaders and private sector actors to explore the changing dynamics of the Atlantic Basin in terms of shared values, economic interactions, the emerging Atlantic energy system, connections between Atlantic cities and regions, prospects for human development, new challenges of human security. CTR hosted a workshop exploring these issues in depth with partners in the research network September 13-14, 2012. Click here for the full agenda. For presentations, click here.
The Atlantic Basin Discussion Series
CTR hosts an informal series of meetings exploring the changing dynamics of the Atlantic Basin with government officials and private sector leaders. Alfredo Sirkis, Brazilian Congressman and Chairman of the Rio+20 sub commission of Brazil's Commission of Foreign Affairs and National Defense, recently discussed the Rio+20 process here.
Paul Isbell, Calouste Gulbenkian Fellow at CTR, recently published his new book, Energy and the Atlantic: The Shifting Energy Landscapes of the Atlantic Basin.
- 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" o no "shale"? CTR's Gulbenkian Fellow Paul Isbell comments for ABC.es here.