22 February 2019

Trend-Scouting for the wider Atlantic Economy

Trend-Scouting for the wider Atlantic Economy

On February 20th to 22nd, 2019 , the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), together with the Policy Center for the New South and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) gathered in Rabat for the fourth meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Group. The working group brought together roughly 30 participants from the four Atlantic continents, including stakeholders and experts from the world of trade, technology, and infrastructures, to discuss the state of economic integration in the wider Atlantic region.

On behalf of GMF, the Bureau für Zeitgeschehen facilitated a scenario workshop in the run-up to this meeting (26th November, 2018, Brussels). A selected group of experts explored future trends in Atlantic economic cooperation: How will the erosion of good governance, the end of traditional party politics, increasing trade conflicts and extreme weather events affect existing economic ties?

The GMF presented the developed four scenarios at the bi-annual working session of the Atlantic Strategic Group in Morocco (“The Wider Atlantic Economy – An Integrated Space at Risk?”). In addition to the factors that will shape the economic path of the region over the next seven years, the participants reflected – based on the scenarios – on steps that can already be taken today to encourage a “positive” future of Atlantic cooperation.

Photo: CC BY-ND 2.0, Jeanne Menjoulet.