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 ...

Is Morocco On Course? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 4, 2016 Morocco’s second election since the adoption of the new constitution in 2011 resulted in the appointment of Abdelilah Benkirane as head of government, since his moderate Islamic party, PJD, had the highest number of votes. He is currently in the process of negotiating a governing coalition. To outside observers, this seems consistent with the norms of a democratic election and so is not ...

10/19/16 Post-Weekend Roundup: The Election and Beyond – Jordana Merran

Jordana Merran October 19, 2016 A lot has happened since our last roundup: A Narrow Election Victory. On October 7, the incumbent Justice and Development Party (PJD) won 125 seats—a narrow victory over the more liberal Party of Authenticity and Modernity’s (PAM) 102 seats—in Morocco’s second legislative elections since the 2011 constitutional reform. Voter turnout held steady at 43%, just two percentage points shy of the 2011 election voter turnout, ...
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