About the Seminar
The second seminar of the Atlantic Centre brought together experts and policymakers working directly on the Atlantic, with the aim of consolidating the relevance of the Atlantic Centre as a platform for discussions over different security dimensions in the region.
The seminar reflected on recent international developments, as well as pressing interests from countries that make up the Atlantic and multilateral organizations that operate within. Hence, it was structured around one overarching theme: Multidimensional responses to complex emergencies in the Atlantic. Work proceedings concentrated on the ramifications of composite crises as well as on the multifaceted roles contemporary Armed Forces can assume in this regard, with a particular interest on how Space-related capabilities can assist in developing effective responses.
Given the latent implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly topical to explore how existing defence capabilities suffice to tackle events of this scope and magnitude in the Atlantic. Yet, even though public health issues are currently a top priority, crises of the sort can also easily emerge due to e.g. cybersecurity issues, natural disasters resulting from climate change, illegal extraction of resources, or the violation of national sovereign limits. Responses to these complex scenarios require more and more integrated approaches that recur to innovative data and make use of multiple available resources.
In order to address properly these themes, the first working session mapped a set of good practices that have emerged from varied crises affecting the Atlantic. The second session centred on tools to prevent and mitigate the effects of future crises, namely space-related capabilities. The seminar was structured in a round-table format, where participants were invited to briefly present their contribution to the debate, followed by an exchange of views and discussion among all those attending.