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Atlantic Currents 2016: An Annual Report on Wider Atlantic Perspectives and Patterns

The authors of the Atlantic Currents report cross-examine the trends and challenges of the Atlantic space under different perspectives, driven by the desire to move away from the North-South divisions and influences. Among the themes and topics to be discussed, the potential elaboration of an African Atlantic community with a specific role in the continental architecture stands out. Opportunities (natural resources, mining, agriculture, etc.) as well as the obstacles (historical memory, security, institutional organization, etc.) to the creation of common African agendas are also highlighted. The banking sector, often dominated by foreign players, has seen the emergence and establishment on the African continent of several banks such as those of Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa in the last 10 or 15 years. The security aspect is not to be outdone since the author draws a distinction between the North Atlantic countries (having experience in this field with actors such as Europol) and the less institutionalized countries in the South Atlantic, which makes the exercise of cooperation more difficult. Moreover, the stakes of the green energy revolution are contemplated, taking into account both the ample financial resources to be introduced, but also the necessary political frameworks that must be carefully implemented by the countries in order to achieve the set objectives. It also highlights the motivations and incentives that encourage some financial players (and sometimes their governments) to tap into specific financial spheres rather than others...

 

Argentina’s Shifting Politics: New Prospects for Collaboration with Africa?

The government of Argentina’s new president, Mauricio Macri, has many challenges ahead. In the initial 10 months of his government, he has devalued the currency, lifted significant trade and capital barriers, and launched conversations with international investors and creditors, and has changed international perceptions toward Argentina. Macri’s election immediately generated a positive reaction from the private sector toward the new government. However, indicators for 2016 show a weak economy for Argentina. Most estimates expect GDP to shrink by around 1.5 percent this year. In this context, the government will have to be pragmatic in its international agenda, concentrating efforts on policies that will have a direct and short-term impact on its economy and in the consolidation of Argentina’s international credibility. Africa is not on the priority radar screen for Argentina. It is not likely that one will see a structured change on the part of Argentina, seeking a special or strategic relationship with Africa or even specific countries. It may require a move from African countries to invite Argentina to tango...

Upcoming Events

Events

19-20 December - Conférence Internationale Conjointe sur la Coopération Afro-Asiatique, Rabat
19-20 January - Emerging Countries and the « Return of Geopolitics » - Economic and Geopolitical Cross-Sectional Perspectives : Tanzania, Colombia, Mozambique, Malaysia, Benin, Kazakhstan, Paris 
9 March -
Supporting a Stable and Durable Regional Security Environment in North Africa, London

Trainings

19-23 December - Advanced Training in Commodity Economics & Finance - Pricing Commodity Derivatives, Rabat
26-30 December - Advanced Training in Commodity Economics & Finance - Shifting Energy Dynamics and Geopolitical Implications, Rabat
2-6 January - Advanced Training in Economic Analysis and Management - Understanding Labor Market, Rabat

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