Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

May 20, 2021

Projections, no matter how well-grounded in analytics, are a messy business. Three years ago, COVID-19 was unheard of and then-US President Donald Trump’s politics caused uncertainty in international relations, with democracy in retreat across the world. Despite the best-informed...

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line
Apr 26, 2021

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition
Mar 11, 2021

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming
Mar 03, 2021

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

Not All Quiet on the Western Sahara Front

Not All Quiet on the Western Sahara Front

Nov 24, 2020

On October 21, groups of Polisario Front’s supporters blocked the highway at Guergarat, in the extreme southwest of the Western Sahara. This is in the buffer zone between territory controlled by Morocco and the land claimed by the Polisario — the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia...

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

Sep 09, 2020

Commentators from major news outlets have commented that Morocco will be among the first Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel and exchange ambassadors following the Israeli-Emirati agreement. As the former US ambassador to Morocco and having closely followed the policies and...

What the US Can Learn From Morocco

What the US Can Learn From Morocco

Aug 10, 2020

Since early June, an estimated 15 to 26 million people across the United States have participated in protests against the death of George Floyd and the persistence of systematic racism in America. Recent trends have shown that support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement — more...

Morocco Looks to a Future After COVID-19

Morocco Looks to a Future After COVID-19

Jul 29, 2020

Many countries are facing declining growth rates due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Morocco is no exception. Given lockdowns and flight restrictions implemented worldwide from March, the tourism and hospitality sectors — usually the third-largest component of GDP — have suffered enormous...

Morocco Sets Out a Post-Coronavirus Recovery Strategy

Morocco Sets Out a Post-Coronavirus Recovery Strategy

May 28, 2020

Morocco is committed to finding opportunities to restructure and redirect its economy to be better prepared for other potential calamities, such as the coronavirus pandemic. The economy is already facing a downturn due to drought, which may result in as much as a 42% decline in cereal...

Will COVID-19 Change Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia?

Will COVID-19 Change Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia?

Apr 27, 2020

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spread to North Africa more than two months ago. Since then, there has been speculation among observers that the effects on society, the economy and political life may be changed in both the short term with people’s habits and the long term as...

How the Middle East Reacts to the Coronavirus Pandemic

How the Middle East Reacts to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020

Combating the coronavirus pandemic requires reliable data for projecting infection rates, the effectiveness of mitigation steps and casualties. There are many subsets to consider: where it is spreading, transmission sources, demographic profiles, assessment of mitigation and treatment options, and...

Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification

Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification

Feb 18, 2020

In today’s world, where refugee crises are exacerbated by xenophobic border policies, where the global north refuses to engage in burden sharing, where people’s freedom of movement is ruthlessly repudiated, the ability to travel is a particularly salient privilege. As Dallen Timothy and Victor...

Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

Dec 18, 2019

A recent article on the BBC using data from the Arab Barometer survey asked the question, “Could Morocco see the next uprising after Sudan and Algeria?” While it was selective in its choice of data points, for example, attitudes toward religion, the point of the article, which echoes...

What Are the Priorities of Morocco’s Youth?

What Are the Priorities of Morocco’s Youth?

Dec 04, 2019

According to the latest findings of the Arab Barometer, which surveyed approximately 2,400 Moroccans in face-to-face interviews in the fall of 2018, attitudes are largely split along generational lines. While the older generation (50+) still has confidence in the country’s institutions,...

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