Each year it features contributions from experts from across the Atlantic

The Policy Center for the New South publishes its 10th edition of "Atlantic Currents"

Atlantic Currents
Atlantic Currents

“The Atlantic Currents”, flagship report of the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), is published in time for each edition of the PCNS’s international conference "The Atlantic Dialogues". Each year, it features contributions from experts across the wider Atlantic. This 10th edition features authors from more than 24 countries across the Atlantic (the Caribbean islands, the Americas, Northern and Southern Europe, and North and West Africa) and three non-Atlantic countries (Italy, Japan and Peru).

Coordinated by Mohammed Loulichki, former Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations and Senior Fellow at the PCNS, this volume takes a comprehensive look at the threats and challenges facing the countries of the Atlantic Basin, as well as the opportunities and the many political and diplomatic initiatives that have emerged on both rims of the Atlantic.

It offers a mosaic of multidisciplinary and intergenerational perspectives on the central theme of this year’s Atlantic Dialogues conference: "A more assertive Atlantic: What it means for the world". The authors who have contributed to this anthology explore various aspects of the Atlantic connection and identify the challenges to be overcome, the tools to be mobilized and the prospects for cooperation in the fields of trade, environmental protection, energy security, the demographic dividend, and the promotion of a "Pax Atlantica".

It is therefore under the title "Shared destiny across the Atlantic: ways for a stronger partnership between Africa and Latin America" that Laura Albornoz Pollmann highlights the shared destiny of these continents and calls for unity in tackling common challenges such as democratic weaknesses, institutional weakness, and socio-economic inequalities. Albornoz stresses the need for collaborative strategies, with particular emphasis on resolving energy and climate crises.

Under the chapter "Paths for Atlantic cooperation", Saloi El Yamani examines the potential of the aerospace industry in stimulating transatlantic cooperation. Afaf Zarkik and Sabrine Emran look at power purchase agreements as a lever for encouraging the adoption of renewable energies on the Atlantic seaboard. Finally, Ahmed Ouhnini looks at ways in which Latin America and Africa can collaborate on tropical agricultural commodities consumed worldwide, such as coffee and cocoa, with the aim of making their value chains more advantageous for the countries of the southern Atlantic basin.

The ambition of the present edition is to enrich and deepen the reflection initiated a decade ago on a shared Atlantic, to remedy the asymmetry that characterizes North-South relations, and to work towards intensifying relations between the two southern hemispheres. While taking into account the objective limits inherent in building an enlarged transatlantic community that is more connected and supportive, our ambition remains to continue to expand and enhance the debate on a shared Atlantic and to support the initiatives launched to make this objective a reality.