Challenges and Opportunities to the Atlantic Basin in a Globalized World

March 15–17, 2017

This conference is closed to the public.

The Atlantic Basin is a vast geographic area that covers North America, Europe, Latin America and Atlantic Africa. Historians have described it as an “oceanic system” whose chief constituents were, in respect to one another, "islands.” In political science terms, the Atlantic Basin is the collection of interactions between the peoples, corporations, governments, and other actors of Basin states. Relations in this space develop on multiple levels including those of politics and diplomacy, the exchange of goods and services, the transfer of ideas, energy supply and demand, security, migration flows, and many others. The question then arises: How in the contemporary world do globalization, open borders, enhanced mobility, and communication affect the complex relations in the Atlantic Basin? This conference will bring together academics and practitioners working on transatlantic issues for a structured conversation to analyze challenges and possible solutions as well as identify opportunities for further cooperation in the Atlantic Basin.


Jorge I. Domínguez

Chair, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Senior Adviser, Executive Committee; Faculty Associate. Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Theodore Gilman

Executive Director; Executive Committee.

Karl Kaiser

Senior Associate, Program on Transatlantic Relations. Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School.

Manuel Muñiz

Director, Program on Transatlantic Relations.

See also: Conferences, 2017