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:
Documents Issued by the Eminent Persons Network of the Atlantic Basin Initatitve
- A Declaration and Call to Action
- White Paper of the Eminent Persons Group of the Atlantic Basin calling for a New Atlantic Community.
- Luanda Declaration: Towards an Atlantic Charter for Sustainable Energy
- Introductory Speech by Former President of the Government of Spain and CTR Distinguished Fellow José María Aznar, click here.
- To see photos of the White Paper Release event, click here.
Members 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:
- A Pan-Atlantic Vision of the Atlantic Energy Renaissance
- Energy and the Atlantic: The Shifting Energy Landscapes of the Atlantic Basin by Paul Isbell, CAF Fellow at CTR.
- Economic Growth and Human Development
- The Atlantic Ocean--Our Common Heritage
- Human Security
- Cultivating Cultures of Lawfulness and Effective Democratic Governance
Click below for 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.
- Greg Mills, Executive Director of South Africa's Brenthurst Foundation, contributed an opinion piece on the meetings here and here.
- Welcome speech by Javier Duarte de Ochoa, Governor of Veracruz, at January 2014 meeeting can be read 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. Workshops have included September 2012 and September 2013.
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.
- 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 ABC.es here.