Announced in 2022 and launched this year, the new Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation is intended to fill a major gap in governance for the Atlantic basin. While instability and uncertainty drives attention to the Western Pacific and the Middle East’s critical chokepoints, the Atlantic is the world’s most heavily traveled ocean, and a critical conduit for prosperity. It has become one of the world’s principal energy reservoirs, and pan-Atlantic commercial flows rival – and in such areas as services, investment, and digital commerce exceed – those of the Pacific. The Atlantic data seaway, already the busiest in the world, is building out fast, and its waters lap the shores of both the major nations of the West and key players of the global South. Identifying shared interests in cross-cutting approaches to the Atlantic – from trade to maritime domain awareness to climate change to countering illegal fishing – is a key goal of the Partnership.
On January 18, Brookings hosted an online discussion on what is at stake and what to expect for the Atlantic partnership moving forward.
This event was part of our Seas and Strategy series.