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About AD

Since their launch in 2012, the Atlantic Dialogues (AD) have become a global high-level meeting point in Marrakech, organized by Policy Center for the New South (formerly OCP Policy Center). Each year, the conference gathers around 350 senior officials, business leaders, academics and civil society actors.
The choice of this year’s theme, “Atlantic Dynamics : Overcoming the Choke Points”, has been led by obvious trends. Besides the rise of populism and the shifting US foreign policy, climate change issues and the prospect of another international financial crisis are high on the agenda.

For our previous updates, please check our latest newsletters: 7 days to AD, 5 days to AD and 3 days to AD.

"Changing Mental Maps : Rediscovering the Atlantic"

Such was the theme of the first AD edition in 2012, as described then: “For much of the last century, transatlantic relations have been dominated by events and initiatives in the North Atlantic. Institutions devoted to transatlantic relations have similarly been oriented largely along North-North lines. As a geopolitical space, the Atlantic Basin has been shaped by policies made in Washington and Brussels. There are good reasons to believe that this narrow approach to Atlanticism is in need of revision, and that there will be advantages for North and South in doing so.” This statement remains at the core of Atlantic Dialogues. The focus of AD 2016, in the presence of Olusegun Obasanjo, was set again on “Changing mental maps : strategies for an Atlantic in transition,” while AD 2017 examined “Africa in the Atlantic, time for action.” The first plenary session, “Africa tells its own narrative,” went beyond a simple statement or a manifesto. This longing, shared throughout the vast continent of Africa, is also in line with PCNS’s work and very raison d’être.

AD Updates: What's next ?

The AD 2018 Emerging Leaders will join the conference after 2 days of tailor-made workshops at the Polytechnic University of Benguerir (UM6P). A new cohort of 46 young professionals will be able to exchange with their elders and share the AD experience. Ana Barufi, Research and Innovation Manager at Bradesco Bank (Brazil), Davi Millier, Facebook Partnerships Manager (USA) and Jo Ann Sackey, Senior Policy Analyst at the Africa Center for Enery Policy (USA), feature among the names to remember!

Atlantic Currents

Just before the conference starts at La Mamounia, the publication of AD’s annual report will take place at 11 am. The 5th edition of Atlantic Currents will be presented by its authors, browsing the choke points in the Atlantic, in line with the main topics that will be discussed through the AD 2018 Plenary Sessions. Uri Dadush, Senior Fellow of Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), has for instance written about "The future of the World Trade system", while Younes Abouyoub, Director of the UN Governance and State-Building Division for the MENA Region, asks whether "The World will recover from Trump's foreign policy". Paulo Antonio Panaragua, former journalist at Le Monde, reflects on "The Atlantic, a triangular arena for cultural interaction".

AD tunes in

Each year, seasoned journalists come back to Marrakech to present the debates. Their personalities and insights contribute greatly to AD’s success. To name a few, Kim Dozier, Zeinab Badawi, John Yearwood, Alan Kasujja and Lourival Sant’Anna belong to our most faithful moderators. This year, Bronwyn Nielsen, Claude Grunitzky, Richard Lui, Jeff Koinange and Yinka Adegoke are joining us in Marrakech, bringing even more valuable voices to AD 2018.

Moderator highlight

AD News  

The information about AD 2018 will be available on the interactive application Spot Me during the conference. As well as Twitter and Facebook, AD 2018 will be broadcasted live on YouTube this year by ADTV. Interviews with top speakers and guests will be done by ADTV, besides the short interviews published as podcasts here. With more than 60 journalists registered, AD’s press coverage will also appear in the Press section of its web page. 









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