As the European Union and the United States redefine their relationships with the Southern Atlantic, the ATLANTIC FUTURE project analyzes fundamental trends in the Atlantic Basin and informs policymakers on how changing economic, energy, security, human, institutional and environmental links are transforming the wider Atlantic space.

ATLANTIC FUTURE is a three-year collaborative research project, running from 2013 to 2015, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. GMF is participating as a key member of the Atlantic Future project, a collaborative undertaking with 12 other partners under the leadership of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).

The Atlantic space is experiencing a major reconfiguration. While the North America–Europe link continues to be the strongest and largest of the relationships between any two continents, their decline in relative terms is slowly being matched by the rise of Africa, Latin America, and a changing Arab region, all of which are increasing their interregional links and gaining weight in global affairs. Positive factors, such as the opportunities for better management of shared resources, and negative factors, such as the illegal flow of narcotics throughout the region, emerge as potential drivers for cooperation, competition, or conflict.

The aim of ATLANTIC FUTURE is to study existing patterns and connections, as well as the rationales for cooperation in the Atlantic area, with the goal of suggesting 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 the globe and within the Atlantic space. GMF is assisting in this Atlantic evaluation and contributing papers that seek to identify issues of common concern, while also analyzing the foreign policy agendas of the main Atlantic actors and utilizing its expansive transatlantic network to map and conduct regional interviews assessing the Atlantic regions’ perspective toward the idea of a joint Atlantic space.

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