Atlantic Dialogues 2017
OCP Policy Center is organizing the sixth edition of The Atlantic Dialogues, a high-level conference that has become a tradition since its launch in 2012 by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and OCP Policy Center in Morocco. This annual gathering convenes influential public- and private-sector leaders from around the Atlantic Basin for open, informal discussion on cross-regional issues. The event encourages a lively, interactive and informal exchange of views between young professionals and today’s leaders.
Over the past six years, OCP Policy Center has demonstrated a strong interest in major Atlantic issues. It has done so through the organization of large international events such as the Atlantic Strategy Groups in Brazil and Senegal respectively, and through the publication of many Atlantic-related papers and books of which the “Atlantic Currents”, a valuable annual report allowing a deeper and further extension of the analytic contribution provided by the Atlantic Dialogues. The Atlantic question is hence central to OCP Policy Center’s analytical production and activities, and The Atlantic Dialogues Conference is the platform that allows the think tank to capitalize on its Atlantic interest.
Building a Community
Over the past five years, more than 800 senior government officials, business leaders, academics, and media and civil society representatives from Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe, as well as thinkers from around the globe who demonstrate a renewed interest in the Atlantic, have convened in Rabat, then Marrakesh in order to refresh, refocus and expand the transatlantic conversations. Morocco has been host to these gatherings for its geography, and tight relations to all countries bordering the Atlantic, making it an attractive meeting place for both North and South.
Fostering intergenerational dialogue
Asserting an Atlantic vision and filling in the perception gap can only be reinforced when the next generation of leaders are given a place at the table. Since its inception, the Atlantic Dialogues editions have convened yearly, through the Emerging Leaders Program, a community of 40-50 rising professionals.
These young leaders are chosen not only for their outstanding achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to contemporary development, business and other Atlantic interregional shared issues. Today, they represent a rich network of 150 leaders in their fields, who enhance and stimulate the dialogues during the conference and beyond.