Atlantic Dialogue


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.