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Forecasting Atlantic Security and Governance

​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Seminar

After three restricted editions, under Chatham House Rules, the annual seminar of the Atlantic Centre turned outwards and opened the discussion on the future security challenges in the Atlantic and its governance structures.

The IV Seminar of the Atlantic Centre addressed these governance needs from th​e perspective of the changing security dynamics affecting Atlantic communities. This edition was hosted in several locations throughout a week of events addressing different security issues. It was also focused on raising awareness and advocating for more inclusive institutional arrangements that favour dialogue and cooperation across issue areas.

For its IV Seminar, the Atlantic Centre partnered with Universities, research centres and think tanks to promote a wide debate on the governance formats needed to respond to the current and future security challenges in the Atlantic.​​

​This is the list of partners joining this IV edition of the Seminar: ​​

  • ​​​​​Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (Ghana)
  • National Defence Institute (Portugal)
  • OBSERVARE- Observatory of Foreign Relations / Autonomous University of Lisbon (UAL)
  • IPRI -Nova University of Lisbon
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon
  • Instituto do Oriente/ISCSP - Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, University of Lisbon
  • Policy Centre for the New South (Morocco)
  • University of Évora (Portugal)
  • University of Minho (Portugal)
  • Escola Superior de Guerra (Brazil)

​Oceans remain the great connectors of our time. Through the global ocean run trade and energy routes, underwater data cables and a myriad of legal and illegal activities, affecting communities on shore.  For most of the 21st century, interest in Atlantic dynamics was diminished, with world politics focusing instead on the Pacific. That trend is slowly being reversed and renewed attention is being given to the important dynamics impacting the Atlantic Ocean and the many communities it hosts. New governance needs are being identified to manage the complex dynamics emerging in the Atlantic in a way that favours peace and prosperity in this strategically important area.

The IV Seminar of the Atlantic Centre will address these governance needs from the perspective of the changing security dynamics affecting Atlantic communities.

This edition will be hosted in several locations throughout a week of events addressing different security issues. It will also be focused on raising awareness and advocating for more inclusive institutional arrangements that favour dialogue and cooperation across issue areas.


Concept note available for download here

Sessions local time - ​Lisbon (GMT​​​​​​​​+1)

​17 OCT. 2022 | 15h00 – 16h30

Discussion: “Continental shelf extension in Africa: Delay over political and future geopolitical challenge"

Participation: In person at Policy Centre for the New South & online

Partner: Policy Centre for the New South (Rabat, Morocco)

18 OCT. 2022 | 10h00 – 19h00

Discussion: “Atlantic-Pacific: security and governance links"

Participation: In person at Autonomous University of Lisbon & online

Partners:

  • OBSERVARE - Observatory of Foreign Relations/Autonomous University of Lisbon (UAL)
  • IPRI - Nova University of Lisbon
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon
  • Instituto do Oriente/ISCSP - Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, University of Lisbon

19 OCT. 2022 | 10h00-12h00

Discussion: “Is the Atlantic still secure?"

Participation: Online

Partner: Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra (Coimbra, PT)

19 OCT. 2022 | 14h30 – 17h30

Discussion“Forecasting Atlantic security and governance"

Participation: In person at the National Defence Institute & online

Partner: National Defence Institute (Lisbon, PT) 

20 OCT. 2022 | 12h00-13h30

Discussion: “Governance of ocean spaces: Southern perspectives on the Atlantic"

Participation: In person at Escola Superior de Guerra & online

Partner: Escola Superior de Guerra (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 

20 OCT. 2022 | 14h15 – 16h00

Discussion: “The South-North Axis: Portuguese bridging capacity in the Atlantic"

Participation: In person at the University of Minho & online

Partner: University of Minho (Braga, PT) 

21 OCT. 2022 | 11h00 – 13h00

Discussion: “Interventionism in the Gulf of Guinea: The Case of Maritime Security Governance"

Participation: Online

Partner: Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (Accra, Ghana) 

21 OCT. 2022 | 15h00 – 17h30

Discussion: “Human rights and democracy as challenges to the Atlantic political space"​

Participation: In person at the University of Évora  & online

Partner: University of Évora (Évora, PT)


Programme ​available for download:

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Fourth edition of the Atlantic Centre Seminar brings together different parts of the Atlantic​​

​The fourth edition of the Atlantic Centre Seminar took place from 17 to 21 October, under the theme "Forecasting Atlantic security and governance".  The event took place in eight different locations across the Atlantic and was organised in partnership with the Portuguese National Defence Institute...(continue reading here)

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