The Wider Atlantic Program is a research and convening partnership of GMF and Morocco’s OCP Policy Center. It promotes an updated strategic understanding of the interests, threats, and opportunities particular to the Atlantic community, north and south, east and west. This understanding, and the collaboration it can leverage, increasingly will be crucial to achieving the goals of prosperity and security at the core of the traditional transatlantic relationship and the interests of a more expansive basin-wide community.
The Atlantic Basin has renewed importance to global order. It is likely emerging as the world's most important energy market and trading zone. It is also the locus of a number of interconnected security challenges, whose effects stretch from the eastern Mediterranean through the entire Atlantic.
Countries of the Atlantic south in Africa and Latin America are becoming increasingly important protagonists in global economic, security, energy, and food dynamics. Many have new capacity as providers of global public goods. Simultaneously, extra-regional actors, such as China, are rapidly expanding engagement and influence throughout this space.
Economic and political power are becoming more diffuse throughout the Atlantic, as the foundations of global order evolve. This is an important moment to focus attention on the wide spectrum of values and interests common to Atlantic societies—and to explore how those affinities can strengthen cooperation that protects those interests and advances security and prosperity broadly.
The Wider Atlantic Program is led by Dr. Ian O. Lesser, senior director foreign and security policy and the executive director of GMF’s Transatlantic Center in Brussels.
For more information on the OCP Policy Center, please visit their website.