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At the crossroads of the Atlantic space, AD gathers a unique mix of guests from the Middle East and North Africa (25% this year), Sub-Saharan Africa (22%), Europe (21%), North America (16%) and South America (11%). They also come from the fields of politics, business (15%), research (13%) and think tanks (15%), the public sector (13%), international organizations (11%), civil society (10%) and the media (9%). Let’s browse the main quotes and key messages of the second day of AD 2018.

The event is by invitation only.

Can NATO survive the Shifting Geopolitical Order?

Michelle Ndiaye, Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program, Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS, Addis Abeba) : "Even if NATO survives, global peace is at stake".

Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), France : "There has not been any US disinvestment from Europe under Trump. NATO is under stress, still, and that is the problem. We are supposed to have the same interests and values, and this might be changing between US and Europe".

Joao Vale de Almeida, Ambassador Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations : "We all need to do some refurbishing after reaching a certain age, as Madeleine Albright said yesterday. This goes for the UN too : reform, reform, reform ! We are supporting this, the US is supporting this. NATO also needs to adapt. Adapting the institutions, that does not mean we have to destroy them! (...) Sometimes there are peacekeepers with no peace to keep, sometimes there is no mandate to maintain peace. Before we throw the baby with the water, let's see if we can have another baby".


AD Talk: Mediterranean and North African Dimensions of the Atlantic Dynamics

Miguel Angel Moratinos : "I try to be rational : we talk about two seas, Mediterranean and Atlantic. That's geography, the basis of diplomacy and history. In history, the Mediterranean was the center of the world. Then the Atlantic with the US was able to rule the geopolitics of the Mediterranean."

Amre Moussa : "What about a Mediterranean world ? It is a world by itself influenced by the Arab world, the Islamic world, Africa, Europe, the Atlantic and now the Chinese. This is indeed a center of the world with all the politics competing and producing good and bad things (…). Regional integration should be called regional cooperation institutionnalized and based on common interests : we were interrupted in 2011 here in Agadir, when Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan signed a free trade agreement, an initiative of Mohamed Benaissa then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco. This should be the nucleus for future cooperation. The European Union started with 6 countries, they are 28 today".


The Human Dimension of the Migration Crisis

Mounia Boucetta, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco : "We should have a global approach. Security is not enough. We have 7000 persons in 3 shifts controlling our borders, land and maritime. Still, smugglers and traffickers are not discouraged. We need to address cooperation as we do with Spain. From 2012 to 2017, more than 400 traficking networks were dismantled. We need to find solutions on political stability and development. The Global Compact on migration is a unique opportunity to address the issue globally, and to give importance to the rights of migrants and development in countries of origin and of destination".

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Présidente du Conseil d'Etat de l'Espagne: "J'aurais aimé voir de grands leaders européens importants à Marrakech pour le Global Compact sur la migration. L'Europe doit sortir du statu quo actuel avec sa politique de développement en Afrique. Plus de personnes sortent de l'Afrique qu'elles n'y rentrent. Les Européens détiennent les ressources, c'est une forme d'exploitation, de colonisation. Ce qui sort en termes de bénéfices est plus important que ce qui rentre en termes d'aide, de dons, etc. Il faut une coopération humaine égalitaire et digne, non pas incédente ! Ce n'est pas difficile de régler le problème, il faut savoir si l'on a la volonté de le faire !"


The Unmaking of the American World Order

Hubert Védrine : "Le chaos va continuer, les USA ne redeviendront jamais le maître du jeu, l'Europe et la Chine non plus, les émergents ne sont pas d'accord entre eux, et je crois qu'il y aura un système très confus et durable".

John Sawers, former Chief of UK's Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6): "I don't think Trump is capable of developing a global strategy but there is a consensus of the China predatory attitude towards the rest of the world."

Neelam Deo (India), Gateway House : "There are many different kinds of democracy. The question is that of inequality and unemployment. The institutions post Second world war did not work on equality. People on the street is a consequence of frustration - deindustrialisation caused by the predatory nature of the Chinese system. Will India become more consequent ? Yes, but gradually. The rate of growth of China is unprecedented".


The Digital Age and the Modern Social Contract

Eric Ntumba, DRC Banker and activist, as well as Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader (2017) : "Are we going to dish out tablets to our children in Africa with no teachers and expect them to become Mark Zuckerberg ?" 

Enrique Mendizabal, Founder and director, On Think Tanks, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and research associate at Universidad del Pacífico (Peru) : "There was a big governmental project on computers for school that ended up with no pilot, no reflexion on availability of electricity, wifi, engagement with teachers, who did not understand how to use the computers, and the parents who refused to be responsible for computers when they break down... Technology takes place in a context, always".

Lex Paulson, Attorney, Professor, Sciences Po Paris : "In countries where people are not free, you can't create a social contract with people who do not trust. Why would they enter into a social contract with a government which is excluding them ? It requires to build power community by community away from the usual suspects, with community driven solutions. Simply reproducing existing structures of power will not work".


10 Years after the International Financial Crisis: Is the Next One Looming?

Othman El Ferdaous, Secretary of State in charge of Investment, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco : "There are technological risks in the cyber markets, with an algorythm that could go wrong. But the event that will trigger the next crisis will be a black swan, we do not know what it is. There is already a pension crisis, with 400 trillion dollars of deficit in perspective."

Edward Scicluna, Minister of Finance, Government of Malta: "When you talk about the future, from the banking side we are better prepared, banks are more capitalized, they pass more stress tests. Is it looming or not ? There are many reasons of concern, if they were to hit each other, we could have a perfect storm. It could happen but it is remote. It is better to have mini-crisis rather than wait for a big bang".

Maria Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador: "When the US sneezes we catch a very strong cold. Monitoring what happens in the US is very important. The US is performing well, but what is worrisome is that expansion cannot go on forever. Three hotspots linked to debt are borrowing, housing and unemployment."

Otaviano Canuto Dos Santos Filho, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South : "We are not in 2008 but 2018. One major responsible actor for the crisis is no longer there : banks and particularly European banks. What happened in Greece, Italy, Spain is a reflection of what happened in the USA. The major trouble maker was the European banks borrowing money in the US. The collapse of bubbles in the US and EU has led to a systemic impact".

Rym Ayadi, Professor, CASS Business School: "Risks have accumulated over decades and erupted in 2008. Some of the risks have not been known or managed properly. Financial crises will always happen because the risks are not identified clearly. The weight of certain countries has an impact. Some small countries might suffer less or more. At a local level, in Africa or MENA, the determinants of economic crises are not the same. In Tunisia, they come for instance from more political factors due to difficulty of implementing policies."

AD in the Press

Ouverture à Marrakech des travaux de la 7ème édition de la Conférence Internationale "Atlantic Dialogues" | Atlas Info
7ème édition de la Conférence internationale “Atlantic Dialogues” : Les tendances démographiques contrastées entre le Nord et le Sud décryptées à Marrakech | Map Express
La Conférence internationale “Atlantic Dialogues”, un des endroits importants où le Nord vient à la rencontre du Sud (DG du Policy Center for the New South) | Map Express
Marrakech : 7ème édition de la Conférence internationale "Atlantic Dialogues" | Medi1 TV Afrique
VIDEO. Ouverture à Marrakech de la 7e édition des Atlantic Dialogues | Pouvoirs Afrique
Atlantic Dialogues: pour une communauté élargie de l'Atlantique | Medi1 TV
Populisme et mondialisation au centre de la 7ème édition de “Atlantic Dialogues” | Maroc Diplomatique
« Atlantic Dialogues » : Une nouvelle grille de lecture des grands enjeux géopolitiques et économiques du bassin atlantique | Aujourd’hui le Maroc
Atlantic Dialogues à Marrakech : surmonter les points de rupture dans la région de l’Atlantique | Challenge
Atlantic Dialogues à Marrakech : Diversité des contributions et richesse des apports du document Atlantic Currents | La Nouvelle Tribune
Live-Vidéo: Atlantic Dialogues 2018 démarre | L’observateur du Maroc et d’Afrique
Atlantic Dialogues 2018 : Un événement qui invite à la réflexion | Le Reporter
Atlantic Dialogues: Mohcine Jazouli prône l’émergence économique de l’Atlantique Sud | Le Desk
Atlantic Dialogues : L’espace atlantique en quête de restructuration | Le Reporter

حوارات أطلسية” بمراكش ل”تجاوز نقاط القطيعة” | Journal Aswat 
مراكش: افتتاح أشغال الدورة السابعة للمؤتمر الدولي لـ”حوارات أطلسية” | Hadatcom 
اطلاق الدورة الخامسة لتقريرتيارات أطلسية حول الآفاق الأطلسية | MAPTV 
افتتاح أشغال الدورة السابعة للمؤتمر الدولي حوارات أطلسية | Medi1 TV
راكش.. شخصيات عالمية في الدورة السابعة للملتقى الدولي حوارات أطلسية | Kifache 
مؤتمر "حوارات أطلسية" بمراكش يتدارس سبل "تجاوز نقاط القطيعة" | Elaph 
شخصيات وازنة في ‘حوارات أطلسية’ بمراكش حول السياسات الدولية | Rue20 
نقاش التقلبات ‘الجيو-سياسية’ في العالم يجمع كبار الساسة بمراكش بحضور مادلين أولبرايت | Rue20
Atlantic Dialogues: Mohcine Jazouli prône l’émergence économique de l’Atlantique Sud | Le Desk
Atlantic Dialogues : L’espace atlantique en quête de restructuration | Le Reporter
Rapport Atlantic Currents. Le Monde Face à Plusieurs Questions Epineuses | Les Eco
Atlantic Dialogues : L'OMC très inquiète de la montée du protectionnisme | La Quotidienne
Dialogues Atlantiques : Le multilatéralisme et la paix au cœur du rapport «Atlantic Currents» | Yabiladi
Dialogues Atlantiques : Karim El Aynaoui et les défis du Policy Center for the New South | Yabiladi
Madeleine Albright, guest star de l’Atlantic Dialogues | Les Eco
الصور.. انطلاق أشغال مؤتمر “حوارات أطلسية” بحضور سفيرة المغرب لدى أمريكا | Le Site Info
 القناة الثانية | من مراكش: تقرير "تيارات أطلسية" يحذر من أزمة ثقة بين أمريكا وحلفائها الأطلسيين
القناة الثانية | حوارات أطلسيبة.. عمرو موسى لإشكالية المناخ حقيقة
القناة الثانية |  ربورتاج: قادة الحوض الأطلسي يجتمعون بمراكش لمناقشة إشكالات المنطقة
 القناة الثانية | العيناوي: حوارات أطلسية أصبح منصة يستقبل الجنوب فيها الشمال

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