The Future of Farming in Morocco

October 21, 2021

Our agriculture system as we know it needs to change. We see an enormous amount of waste in current practices through using too much water, too many pesticides that hurt the neighboring environment, and the waste of produce through imperfection or being pest-ridden. Addressing Climate...

Middle East and North Africa Top Organized Crime Report
October 06, 2021

Middle East and North Africa Top Organized Crime Report

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia
May 20, 2021

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

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

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

March 11, 2021

On December 10, 2020, then-US President Donald Trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, circumventing a decades-long UN-sponsored peace process for the territory. In return, Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel. The US-brokered agreement goes beyond a simple...

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

March 03, 2021

North African pastoralism, an agricultural method used for centuries by nomadic people in the steppe highlands, is on the decline. Facing limited grazing land due to overuse and drought, pastoral nomads are favoring more sedentary farming methods like growing fruit or nut trees and...

Not All Quiet on the Western Sahara Front

Not All Quiet on the Western Sahara Front

November 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?

September 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

August 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

July 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?

April 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

April 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

February 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...

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