This paper analyses the prospects for establishing an EU-US free trade area, as well as its implications for the West's relations with South Atlantic players from Latin America and Africa. The authors discuss the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA) and "wider Atlantic" concepts by providing their contexts and rationale and highlighting the role they could respectively play in enhancing transatlantic cooperation.
Paper prepared for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), February 2013. Presented at the international conference on "Europe and the Americas. Deepening and Widening the Atlantic", Rome, 5 February 2013.
Part I. A deeper bond: TAFTA and EU-US economic integration
1. A recent surge in interest
2. A more compelling context
3. A diminished primacy
4. A much-needed shot in the arm
5. Strategic opportunity
6. Complementing TPP, balancing China?
7. The Devil is in the details
8. Political will
Part II. A wider ocean: connecting North and South Atlantic
1. The wider Atlantic as a laboratory of globalization
2. Wider Atlantic dynamics and challenges
3. Wider Atlantic geopolitics