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Project: Towards an Atlantic area? Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics amongst Europe, Africa and the Americas

Funding Source: European Commission - The 7th Framework Programme

Participant Institutions: CIDOB, Universidade de Pretória, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, German Marshal Fund, IPRI-NOVA, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Aberystwyth University, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C. (CIDE), Ecologic Institute (ECOLOGIC), Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior, Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management (HEM), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Timeframe: 2013-2015

Abstract: Atlantic Future is a 3-year collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, developed by a consortium of 13 partners during a period of 36 months. In a context of a spectacular growth in Asia and the Pacific Rim and the West’s hard times, the Atlantic space is experiencing a major reconfiguration. The North America – Europe link continues to be the strongest and largest of the relationships between any two continents. But their decline in relative terms is slowly being matched by the rise of Africa, Latin America and a newly energised Arab region, all of which are increasing their interregional links and gaining weight in global affairs. Both positive factors, such as the opportunities for better management of shared resources, and negative ones, like the illegal flow of narcotics that harms the whole region, emerge as potential drivers for cooperation, competition or conflict. Its aim is to study the rationales of cooperation in the Atlantic area and to suggest strategies to the EU on how to engage with the wider transatlantic relationship in the context of the ongoing redistribution of power and the overall rebalancing of relations around and within the Atlantic space.

Members of the Team:
Carlos Gaspar
Carmen Fonseca
Daniel Marcos
Jordi Bacaria (Coordinator CIBOD)
Nuno Severiano Teixeira (Coordinator IPRI-NOVA)
Tiago Moreira de Sá

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