FGV debates cooperation relations in the Atlantic
On October 22, FGV's International Intelligence Unit held the seminar "Security in the Atlantic Space", in Rio de Janeiro, with the goal of studying the cooperation reasoning in the Atlantic as a broad space, and investigate the existence of a new pattern of relations in the region. The seminar continued on from the work developed in the second plenary meeting of the project "Atlantic Future", a project funded by the European Commission under the Seven Framework Program and coordinated by the think tank CIDOB, from Barcelona.
A representative of the Brazilian Navy, Admiral Alvez Almeida spoke about the challenges in terms of security in the Atlantic area, according to the Brazilian perspective. Next, Hamilton, of JHU; Nuno Severiano Teixeira, of IPRI; and Marcelo Viegas, Advisor of the United Nations in Brasília discussed the security challenges in the region and the role of Brazil as a regional player. The panel "The Atlantic Basin as a security area?", which promoted a reflection on the Atlantic space as a common security area, was also attended by Alfredo Valladão, from HEM, Emiliano Alessandri, from GMF, and Alcides Costa Vaz, from UNB.
In the second part of the event, the importance of security in the region as a condition for development was discussed. Broader forms of security have been addressed and concepts such as cooperation, human security, environmental and energy security were brought to the discussion by R. Andreas Kraemer, from the Ecologic Institute, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, from PUC-Rio, and Johanna Mendelson Forman, from ISIS. The event ended with a round table in which Riccardo Alcaro, Alfredo Valladão, Daniel Hamilton and Anna Ayuso, from CIDOB, evaluated the overall scope of the project in view of the perspective change on the Atlantic space, the alliances of the past and future perspectives on the region.
All members of the 13 institutions involved in the project participated in the event, as well as Johanna Mendelson Formam, from ISIS, Acides Costa Vaz, from UNB, and Victor Borges, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cape Verde. The opening ceremony was conducted by FGV's President, Dr. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal.