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Interregionalism across the Atlantic Space

  • Frank Mattheis
  • Andréas Litsegård

Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andréas Litsegård, Frank Mattheis
    Pages 1-13
  3. Anna Ayuso, Santiago Villar, Camila Pastor, Miguel Fuentes
    Pages 51-74
  4. Nicoletta Pirozzi, Andréas Litsegård
    Pages 75-93
  5. Anna Ayuso, Gian Luca Gardini
    Pages 115-130
  6. Riccardo Alcaro, Patrick Reilly
    Pages 131-147

About this book


This book focuses on interregional relations across the Atlantic and the possible evolution of a new, distinctive Atlantic space for international relations. It provides a comprehensive insight into the overlapping linkages of interregionalism in the wider Atlantic space. Additionally, it raises the question of relevance, currently the main question in this field of research: Is interregionalism important because it brings about something new that really matters or is it simply a (perhaps unavoidable) by-product of regionalism? The book conducts an analysis of six interregional relations criss-crossing the Atlantic space, accounting for the multitude of interregional connections within a potential Atlantic macro region and analysing the differences, conflicts and convergences between regional organizations. It engages with the issue of agency in interregional relations, and argues that interregional processes and agendas are always driven and constructed by certain actors for certain purposes.



Regionalism and Interregionalism in the Atlantic Exposing Interregionalism Interregionalism between Europe and Africa Interregionalism across the South Atlantic Interregional Interactions in Europe Interregional Interactions in North America Regionalism and Interregionalism in Latin America Regionalism and Interregionalism in Sub-Saharan Africa Interregional Interactions across the North Atlantic Interregional Cooperation between North America and Africa Interregional Processes in the Arab Region Interregional Processes in the Caribbean

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Mattheis
    • 1
  • Andréas Litsegård
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Governance InnovationUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

About the editors

Frank Mattheis is Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He works on processes that challenge established perceptions of sovereignty and territoriality, in particular regionalism and interregionalism. 

At GovInn he has coordinated a work package for the EU-funded FP7-project ATLANTIC FUTURE, which led to the editorship of this book. With a postdoctoral fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) he currently focuses on the South Atlantic as a space for regional and interregional reconfigurations. Prior, he was senior research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig (Germany), where he receive his Dr. phil. in Global Studies.

Andréas Litsegård (formerly Godsäter) is Senior lecturer at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, where he teaches International Relations, and an Associate fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD in peace and development research from the University of Gothenburg. His research interests concern regionalism, governance, civil society, democracy, development cooperation, environmental issues and migration with a geographical focus on Africa.

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