Goals of the IV Franklin D. Roosevelt Azorean Forum

“Azores and USA: Sustainable Development Strategies”

In 2008, the Regional Government of the Azores and the Luso-American Development Foundation jointly inaugurated a discussion forum on pressing issues in transatlantic relations. Due to its geographical location and unique history, the Azores is both symbolically and politically important within the context of the transatlantic relationship. Every two years, the Forum gathers academics and policy-makers from both sides of the Atlantic to address a timely, pertinent theme.

This event aims to serve as a “safe harbour”, half-way across the Atlantic, for in-depth debate about the Euro-American partnership and its role in addressing common global challenges. We believe that constructive and frank dialogue between policy-makers and academics can operate as a valuable tool in international relations.

The name of the Forum pays tribute to President Roosevelt’s remarkable role in 20th Century foreign policy and his special attention to the fascinating geopolitical issues posed by the Azorean Islands, which he visited during World War I while serving in the Wilson Administration.


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The first forum, devoted to the theme “Transatlantic Relations in European and American Public Opinion”, took place in Ponta Delgada, on the Island of São Miguel, from July 16 to 18, 2008. The second edition, entitled “Transatlantic Relations and the Emerging Balance of Power”, was held in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira Island, from April 14 to 16, 2010.

The third Forum devoted “The Sea in History, Strategy and Sciences”, took place in Horta, Faial Island, from April 27 to 29, 2012.

As in previous editions, the fourth Franklin D. Roosevelt Azorean Forum hopes to convene multiple perspectives and disciplines to discuss not only current matters of interest in the transatlantic relationship, but also the main challenges that the region is facing now, focusing on marine resources, agriculture, sustainable tourism and the TTIP agenda.

This year’s edition of the Forum – “Azores and USA: Sustainable Development Strategies” – will be held on Pico Island, at the Whaling Museum, located in Lajes do Pico, from April 9 to 10, 2015. Its program will be devoted to the economic relations, incentives to investment and the mechanisms that may help a business development strategy.

Depiction of Ponta Delgada Harbor commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt and painted by Charles Edwin Ruttan. In the foreground is the USS Dyer, the destroyer on which FDR sailed to Europe in 1918 when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. 

Copyright: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum