The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 8.16.17: Leila Hanafi on Regional Reform and Women’s Rights Maroc Talk 8.2.17: Talking about Throne Day 2017

Morocco’s King Is Serious About Reform – Kristen Kouttab

Kristen Kouttab, MAC August 3, 2017 To observers of a country undergoing democratic reform, it may seem curious when the person most invested in shifting power away from the monarchy is the monarch. And yet, that is exactly what we are witnessing in Morocco, where King Mohammed VI delivered a strikingly unusual speech last Saturday on the occasion of Throne Day, marking the 18th anniversary of his reign. In the ...

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: THE US-MOROCCO FTA

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS:  THE US-MOROCCO FTA Report abstract: On January 1st, 2017, the US-Morocco FTA (Free Trade Agreement) began its 12th year enforcing liberalized commercial exchange between two historic allies. The FTA has surpassed moderate expectations for its economic impact, and has been a success story for both sides. This paper will describe how Morocco became the US’s first free-trade partner in Africa, and evaluate its economic and political impact compared ...

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Vision – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC April 14, 2017 A recent article in the Journal of Democracy cautioned that while Morocco was able to weather the shocks of the Arab Spring, there is some concern about the viability of monarchies over the long term. While I can appreciate the author’s perspective, I must challenge his assertion by making a distinction between heads of state who have a status quo strategy and a ...

How to Promote “Responsible” Democracy – Jean R. AbiNader

Role of Technology in Civic Education Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 16, 2016 Looking at the results of the US elections focused me on the question of “American values.” Candidates for the highest to the local offices often refer to these values as if they are understood and shared by all Americans. And indeed they may be, and some would argue, must be. But that doesn’t give an insight into ...
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