Evolving Human Security Challenges in the Atlantic Space

Date - 01 / 10 / 2019

Evolving Human Security Challenges in the Atlantic Space

Evolving Human Security Challenges in the Atlantic Space



We are pleased to present the book Evolving Human Security Challenges in the Atlantic Space, a collaboration among the institutions of the Jean  Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies and the third text of this kind, resulting from the Network’s research efforts.


This is the third and final volume resulting from the Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies, a project coordinated by the Fundação Getulio Vargas and funded by the European Commission, under the Erasmus Plus research program. The project had three main clusters of research: energy, economy and human security. This volume addresses the human security dimension of the study on the Atlantic Basin.


The Atlantic Basin can be considered relatively peaceful in terms of military conflicts. The northern part of the region is politically stable and consolidated; the southern part is relatively more unstable with some military conflicts, especially in Africa. New political instability is emerging in the region, as the crisis of democracy is particularly felt in Venezuela, and in Southern Africa, with several moments of political transition, as in the case of Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Broader challenges and issues that need to be addressed as matters of human security. The most pressing threats arising are political instability caused by fragile states, which increases also the humanitarian crisis and the multiplying of illicit trafficking (drugs, weapons, and human), as well as the flow of people, either legal or illegal.

This volume sheds new light in all these areas. The first part, “Human Security Threats in the Atlantic Basin”, seeks to bring a new understanding on classical concepts and threats to human security. After a broader  definition of the concept and the analysis of its evolution (Marcos and Teixeira), the chapters focus on the traditional challenges present in the Atlantic basin.

From drug traffic to energy security, from the northern Mediterranean to the connection between fragile states and terrorism, we examine the different realities and answers across the Atlantic and its four continents. Bassou and Ouassif focus on assessing ways by which non-state actors, particularly terrorist networks, take advantage of the failure of states to proliferate and impose their own rules of the game. The developed  countries’ need for diversification of the energetic sources and its impact on the energy security is analyzed by Basterra, Pelegry and Sánchez.


The book is freely accessible, and open source material. Edited as a  downloadable e-Book available for researchers, educators and  policymakers globally via the Network website.




The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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