Writing the Next Chapters of Morocco and Algeria

December 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?

December 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,...

There Are Mixed Messages on the Moroccan Economy

September 25, 2019

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...

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...

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

May 22, 2019

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...

Women Can Play a Critical Role in Combating Terrorism

October 11, 2016

Extremism cannot be defeated without the inclusion of women. Women should be encouraged to take a greater role in counterterrorism efforts as women and girls are disproportionately affected by terrorist violence. This was the message brought home in a speech by Sarah Sewall, US...

Why is Morocco Reaching Out to Africa and Asia?

September 15, 2016

Morocco is playing the long game. Whether with the African Union or the UN Security Council, the kingdom knows it needs friends. In his speech on August 20, King Mohammed VI of Morocco continued his country’s campaign to highlight its political and economic ties to Africa. The occasion was...

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