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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.



  • 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 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


Click here to view all events

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 

TTIP Stakeholder Forum
with key stakeholders, negotiators and legislators.

9.15 am - 5.00 pm 
Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Washington, DC, 20036

Friday, April 25, 2014

Nationalism versus European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe - Results, Risks and Chances
with Paul Lendvai

10.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. 
Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20036

Monday, April 28, 2014

European Commission Presidential Debate
Live web-screening of debate and a panel discussion with Amb. Andras Simonyi, Desmond Dinan and Antoine Ripoll

12.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. 
Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Washington, DC, 20036

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Transatlantic challenges of preventing further destabilization in Ukraine
with Peter Burian, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Slovakia


3:00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Room 812, Rome Building 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Transatlantic Pivot to Asia
Book release with keynote addresses by 
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, 
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW,
Washington DC, 20036

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Democratic Transition in Tunisia: Moving Forward
with Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia

10:00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036