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

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).

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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.


Transboundary Governance

Transboundary Governance

Supranational regionalism has been one of the most crucial governance innovations of recent times. As more challenges transcend borders, we need new and better systems to deal with them via regional cooperation.

Energy, common resources, environmental degradation, diseases and migration are just some examples of critical phenomena that do not respect national borders: a state-centred governance model is therefore ill suited to respond to these dynamics effectively. At the same time, regionalism itself is developing into a complex reality, with different models and levels of application.

It has been traditionally analyzed through a top-down lens, generally emphasizing the role of governmental elites, political parties and – to a lesser extent – business associations and epistemic communities. By contrast, civil society has received limited attention by scholars of regionalism in spite of the critical role it can play in strengthening the legitimacy of regional governance.

In the past few years, NGOs, social movements, advocacy groups, trade unions and civic associations have been able to exert a growing influence on decision-making at the regional level.

This role has been amplified not only by the introduction of specific policy channels and tools (e.g. the non-state actors programme at the EU level, the African Peer Review Mechanism at the AU level, etc.) but also by the desire of citizens to make their voices heard in an arena traditionally dominated by technocrats and lobbyists.

This research area includes our work in the field of regional governance, comparative regionalism, human migration, trade, EU-Africa relations, South-South cooperation and North-South relations.

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