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...

The Real Strength of Morocco

August 28, 2019

Morocco's belief in the strength of pluralism has energized and shown me that difference can serve as a strength for any country, whether it is religious or secular, large or small, developed or developing. I was told that there are spiritual answers to the question, “Why Morocco?” —...

King Mohammed VI Calls for National Development Strategy Restart in Morocco

July 31, 2019

On July 30, the 20th anniversary of his accession to the throne, King Mohammed VI honored his country’s past achievements and projected the need for Morocco to push forward its efforts. His message summarized his pride in having moved the country progressively while regretting that too much still...

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

July 19, 2019

In an article published last month with the title, “Could Morocco see the next uprising, after Sudan and Algeria?” the BBC demonstrated a misunderstanding of Moroccan society by conflating civil unrest and public dissatisfaction over the kingdom’s leadership with the overall stability of the...

Who and What Reflect Muslim Values?

September 20, 2016

The Moroccan king’s speech emphasizes the explicit need for Muslims to act according to values that promote comity, respect and dignity. The US presidential campaigns have staked out their positions on Muslim-Americans, Muslim immigrants and, by extension, Muslims worldwide. These positions...

Does the Islamic State Pose a Threat to Morocco and Jordan?

January 19, 2015

The continued existence and potential expansion of the Islamic State undermines the legitimacy of the Middle East’s constitutional monarchies. The Middle East and North Africa's constitutional monarchies are surviving the upheaval of the Arab Spring. Morocco and Jordan, two key US allies in...

Implications of Morocco’s Bifurcated Educational System (Part 1/2)

March 14, 2014

One of Morocco’s most pressing national problems is its high illiteracy rate. In Morocco, policymakers have implemented several groundbreaking initiatives aiming to create educational programs to empower rural women. Despite progress in this realm, there are still ongoing tensions within the...

Obama Ignores Morocco’s Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

January 05, 2014

US policy on Western Sahara constitutes nothing less than a rejection of international law. In November 2013, President Barack Obama met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights...

Vicious Circles: North Africa’s Political Economy

December 07, 2013

Political economy in North Africa is based on the recurrence of “vicious circles.” The wave of popular revolts that sparked in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2011 had different repercussions on each country, depending on the prevalent economic, political and social structures....

In Search of Sonic Translation

December 06, 2013

Celebrating the legacy of the Judaeo-Arabic musical tradition in Essaouira, Morocco. "In the very beginning, there was a single element, a single body; today, there is the Orient and the Occident – the body separated, and each of the two parts is nostalgic...

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