The Atlantic Initiative (AI) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization, established in Sarajevo in 2009 by a group of university professors, lecturers, and journalists who share common concerns for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly related to the slow pace of its accession to NATO and the European Union.
While we support voluntary activism, we feel that enthusiasm alone is not enough to achieve the desired goal of fast-tracking Bosnia’s Euro-Atlantic integration; wider institutional support is also necessary. We have partnered on projects with the governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and enjoy support from NATO HQ Sarajevo, the Bosnian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, the George Marshall Alumni Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a number of non-governmental organizations in the region that share or reflect our mission.
While we believe that the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into NATO and the European Union is crucially important for the country, we also strongly believe that informed, pre-accession public debate about various aspects of this process is necessary for its successful completion. We wish to initiate, encourage, and enable this debate through a wide range of activities in various forums in order to reach and involve multiple audiences.