The Wider Atlantic: Cross Perspectives from the North and South

December 2023
Akram Zaoui, Paul Isbell & Len Ishmael

The Wider Atlantic looks like an underinvested space in spite of its strategic significance and of its potential as a vast area of peaceful cooperation. Its vastness should not be viewed as an impediment to cooperation, and many horizontal, vertical, diagonal and transversal endeavors and initiatives have demonstrated it. Investing more energy and resources on cooperation, and embracing fairer and more holistic perspectives on what fruits dialogue can bear across its components could yield considerable results. For this podcast, Dr Len Ishmael, senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, and Dr Paul Isbell, Professor at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, share their views, based on the results of their research, on avenues for a strengthened pan-Atlantic community amid the tectonic shifts and rebalancing the world has recently been experiencing.


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    Paul Isbell
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    Policy Center for the New South
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