Western Sahara – Who Should Vote, Part II – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 11, 2017 The United Nations established “right” of “distinct peoples” to “self-determination” following the end of colonial rule is the basis of the Polisario and Algerian demand for the conduct of a referendum on independence for what is today commonly referred to in the international community as “Western Sahara.” Despite the seeming simplicity of that “right” there is, in fact, nothing simple about it. As promised ...

The Ongoing Debate over Judicial Reform in Morocco – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott December 1, 2017 When Morocco adopted a new Constitution in July 2011, consolidating more than a decade of reform, the Kingdom made a promise to its citizens to establish a constitutional monarchy with separation of powers. Though much of the text – and a large part of the reform work since then – focused on giving increased powers to the government and the Parliament, the Constitution also ...

Why the King Continues His Call for Reform, Accountability, Adaptability, and Progress in Educating Youth – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC October 18, 2017 The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, has a problem: during the past year he has made remarkable speeches calling for a renewed spirit of dedication to public service by government officials at all levels; and he has redoubled efforts to improve social services, particularly those preparing young people for the world’s competitive marketplace.  Yet, the feedback he is hearing from his people is ...

The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 11.13.17: Morocco’s Green March – Context and Background Maroc Talk 10.30.17: The Field of International Development in Morocco Maroc Talk 09.30.17: The Role of AMIDEAST in Morocco Maroc Talk 9.7.17: Peace Corps Morocco Maroc Talk 8.24.17: Africa is the Future Maroc Talk 8.16.17: Leila Hanafi on Regional Reform and Women’s Rights Maroc ...

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 ...
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