About AD

Atlantic Dialogues, a unique conference with a North-South blend

Since its inception in 2012, the Atlantic Dialogues (AD) conference has become a well-established  annual meeting point taking place in Marrakesh, bringing together around 350 high-level senior officials,  business leaders, academics, opinion shapers and civil society actors from the Atlantic space and  beyond - + 90 countries. Its aim is to promote an uncompromising discourse and innovative solutions,  by confronting points of view both from the North and the South in a spirit of openness, transparency  and mutual enrichment.  

Changing mental maps : bringing the South Atlantic into the geopolitical  debate on equal terms 

Morocco has been host to the Atlantic Dialogues given its location and close relations to all countries  bordering the Atlantic. The conference, one of its kind, is seeking to put the South Atlantic on the  geopolitical map and promote the ties between Africa and Latin America. The Atlantic Dialogues have  become the most impactful event for the Atlantic basin, where 3 continents (Africa, the Americas and  Europe) meet during 3 full days to build the future of their common space on equal terms, and where  the Southern voices are heard. 

The 16th best worldwide conference organized by a think tank 

According to the Global Go-To index 2019 (by the Pennsylvania University), the conference is the 16th  best worldwide organized by a think tank. In the same Index, the Policy Center for the New South is  ranked 1st in North Africa, and 8th in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA). 

The yearly report Atlantic Currents is published on the first day of each Atlantic Dialogues’ edition

In this flagship publication, researchers and experts from the Policy Center for the New South’s network  analyze the state of Africa and the world with respect to the conference’s annual theme. 

Intercontinental and intergenerational dialogue 

Each year, about 50 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders (ADELs) from across the Atlantic area follow a  two-day tailored leadership program, where high-level experts give mentorship prior the conference,  which the ADEL fully join as participants. The ADEL community, now 350 strong, is followed through the  years and invited to write contributions in the Policy Center reports and participate as speakers to  events and conferences.