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The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

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...

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

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...

Morocco Looks to a Future After COVID-19

Morocco Looks to a Future After COVID-19

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

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...

Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

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?

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,...

The Rising Expectations of Women Entrepreneurship

The Rising Expectations of Women Entrepreneurship

Over the years, I have met many Moroccan professionals committed to becoming the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and role models in their country, even if that means going abroad to take advantage of opportunities that have not yet matured in Morocco. I recently met with Najwa...

There Are Mixed Messages on the Moroccan Economy

There Are Mixed Messages on the Moroccan Economy

Reading tea leaves, even great Moroccan mint tea, is always challenging, especially with data that doesn’t always seem to match up. So, depending on what you’re measuring and where you gather your statistics, the message can vary from so bad to almost great, when it comes to economic...

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

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...

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

For many people, July 6 marked the passing of just another Saturday. But to over 1 billion people, it was of tremendous significance as it was the 25th UN International Day of Cooperatives. Over 12% of humanity contribute to one of the 3 million cooperatives on the planet. Cooperatives not only...

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

There’s good and ugly economic news in Morocco and Tunisia, according to Oxfam and the IMF. Two recent reports highlight the challenges of developing an equitable and high-performing economy in North Africa. While Morocco and Tunisia have demonstrated a degree of political will in announcing...

The Challenge to Spirituality in Ramadan

The Challenge to Spirituality in Ramadan

Through the long summer days, fasting and embracing spirituality in Ramadan is becoming more difficult. It is now the half-way point in Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The festival commemorates the moment that the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. For either 29...

20 Years of Development in Morocco

20 Years of Development in Morocco

Morocco has undergone an incredible transformation to support its intentions of becoming a commercial crossroads between Africa and the West, says former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel. In January 1998, I arrived in Morocco as the new US ambassador. Arriving at the end of Ramadan, I...

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