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The ATLANTIC FUTURE monograph – out now

The ATLANTIC FUTURE monograph entitled “Atlantic Future. Shaping a New Hemisphere for the 21st century: Africa, Europe and the Americas”, edited by Jordi Bacaria and Laia Tarragona, from CIDOB, has just been published in March 2016. The book can be downloaded on the ATLANTIC FUTURE website.

The monograph provides a synthesis of the ATLANTIC FUTURE project, along with its main results and an update on the research work carried out over the past three years of the project. The monograph, which forms part of the project’s outreach goal, is intended to reach an interested public, academics and political and economic decision-makers, who will be able to see the Atlantic Space as a laboratory for globalisation and the multilateral solutions required to face the world’s new challenges.

GovInn senior researcher Frank Mattheis, together with Anna Ayuso and Elina Viilup, contributed the chapter “Regional Cooperation, Interregionalism and Governance in the Atlantic”, covering the complex network of Atlantic governance from an interregional perspective as well as of the convergence and divergences occurring in this space.

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The Future of the Atlantic Hemisphere – Frank Mattheis participates in dissemination event in Washington, DC

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Participants of the Atlantic Future dissemination event at JHU

On 1 December 2015 the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University hosted a one-day event to disseminate the results of the research project ATLANTIC FUTURE among Washington, DC policy makers, academics and think tanks. After three years of collaborative research involving 13 partners from Europe, North America, Africa and Latin America, the project has produced a stock of knowledge on the connections and linkages across the Atlantic.

The panels of this event engaged with the particular characteristics that underpin the construction of an ‘Atlantic Hemisphere’ but also pointed out the junctures that can cause fragmentation. GovInn senior researcher Frank Mattheis presented results from the work package on interregionalism and regionalism, and participated in a panel discussion on evolving human security challenges in the Atlantic space.

The event was part of a series, including a dissemination event in November in Rio de Janeiro and the final event on 10 December in Brussels.

THE ATLANTIC WEBINAR: REGIONALISMS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC with Frank Mattheis

ATLANTIC FUTURE is pleased to invite you to a webinar “Regionalisms across the Atlantic: divergences and convergences”, to be conducted by Frank Mattheis, Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria, and Andrés Malamud, Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon, as discussant.

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The prevalence of national and global interactions notwithstanding, regions have established themselves as a crucial space in international relations.  In addition, regions are also emerging as actors in their own right. Projects to build regions are particularly active in the four Atlantic regions (Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America) and some of them even transcend the continental divisions. This Atlantic Future webinar will investigate the logics of regional projects, the driving actors and the capacities of regional organisations. The participants will assess the different models and trajectories of regionalism on the four shores of the Atlantic space. Elizabeth Tedsen at Ecologic Institute will moderate the webinar and Laia Tarragona at CIDOB will present the Atlantic Future project.

Time: 16:00 CET

The webinar has been scheduled as a Google Hangout on Air. To view it, follow the link https://plus.google.com/events/cvcikkbrbi7nh3besmuciv8ieng

Ask questions: You can post questions prior or during the event. However, note that you need to have a Google+ profile or a Gmail address. Questions will appear on the right side of the screen, which is where you can submit your questions as well. Simply click “Ask a new question!” and the moderator will see it.

Requirements: You only need high speed Internet connection (please note that Explorer does not always work. This is why we advise you to use Google Chrome).

For more information, please send an e-mail to: ltarragona@cidob.org

Dr Frank Mattheis is Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria. He joined GovInn in 2014 and is currently carrying out his research on comparative regionalism, interregionalism and maritime security through a postdoc fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Prior to GovInn, Frank Mattheis was senior research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig from 2011 to 2014. He is trained in Global Studies with a M.A. from the Universities of Leipzig and Vienna and a Dr. phil. from the University of Leipzig.

Dr Andrés Malamud is Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisboa and Associate Researcher at IPRI. His work has been published in many internationally renowned academic journals. He served four year in the executive committee of the Latin American Political Science Association.

 

(FGV), in Rio de Janeiro (22-24 October) with meeting organiser Inês Sousa from the International Intelligence Unit of FGV.

ATLANTIC FUTURE in action: Security in the Atlantic Space (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

ATLANTIC FUTURE second plenary meeting took place at FUNDAÇAO GETÚLIO VARGAS, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22 to 24 October 2014. The three day event provided an opportunity for the Consortium to meet and discuss the results of the research, review the progress of the Project and to discuss next steps. Researchers Frank Mattheis and John Kotsopoulos represented GovInn at the Symposium.

 

(FGV), in Rio de Janeiro (22-24 October) with meeting organiser Inês Sousa from the International Intelligence Unit of FGV.

Frank Mattheis (left) and John Kotsopoulos (right) at the ATLANTIC FUTURE second plenary meeting at FUNDAÇAO GETÚLIO VARGAS (FGV), in Rio de Janeiro (22-24 October) with meeting organiser Inês Sousa from the International Intelligence Unit of FGV

 

 

If you missed it, re-live the meeting “Security in the Atlantic Space” on youtube:

2013-2015 – ATLANTIC FUTURE: Towards an Atlantic area? Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics amongst Europe, Africa and the Americas 

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The Atlantic can be considered the cradle of modern globalisation, a space where links between peoples, nations and economies started first to transcend their regional contexts on a large scale. As globalisation enters a new phase characterised by the rise of developing economies, and as global challenges such as the economic crisis, food security, climate change, energy scarcity and security in the high seas become more urgent, the states and regions around the Atlantic look at their counterparts across the ocean with renewed interest.
ATLANTIC FUTURE, is a research project designed to map the transformation of the Atlantic, bringing together data-based evidence and a plurality of perspectives from across the Atlantic rim.

The conceptualisation and characterisation of an ‘Atlantic area’ within broader international relations is a starting task for the project. Identifying the drivers for, and obstacles to, cooperation, competition and conflict; mapping the new trends and projecting them into future scenarios and identifying opportunity for sustainable growth and for jointly addressing common challenges are equally important objectives of a collaborative research that will bring together first-class research institutions from the Atlantic.

GovInn researchers: Lorenzo Fioramonti (leader), Camilla Adelle, Andreas Godsaeter, John Kotsopoulos, Frank Mattheis.

Partner institutions: CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs – Spain), Johns Hopkins University (USA), Friedrich Alexander University (Germany), University of Lisbon (Portugal), Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), Ecologic Institute (Germany), Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economica (Mexico), German Marshall Fund (Belgium), Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy), Fundación Para Las Relaciones Internacionales y El Dialogo Exterior (Spain).

Funding: European Union FP7 Programme.

Funding period: January 2013 to December 2015

Next events: Dissemination events in Brussels, Washington D.C. and Rio de Janeiro (October to December 2015)

Website: www.atlanticfuture.eu

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Atlantic Future experts meet UP Young Innovators

During the GovInn Week 2014, the researchers gathered for the ATLANTIC FUTURE workshop, took part in a working lunch with postgraduate students from the University of Pretoria.

Thirty six prominent students (‘UP Young Innovators’) from a variety of different disciplines such as political science, engineering and the natural sciences, were selected to participate to the event that to place on 7 June 2014. During thelunch, the students had the opportunity to discuss some of the key themes of the ATLANTIC FUTURE such as security, the environment, institutional cooperation and migration, among others, with Project’s senior researchers R. Andreas Kraemer (Ecologic Institute), Camila Pastor (CIDE), Inês Sousa (FGV), and Madeleine Goerg (GMF). More on the ATLANTIC FUTURE website