On International Women’s Day, a Reflection on the Past Year in Morocco – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day – observed every March 8 – is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women and the successes of the fight for gender equality while reflecting on the challenges that remain. In Morocco, the last year certainly brought some progress worth mentioning, as well as some reminders about the need for continued advancement. Most notably, the percentage of women in Parliament increased ...

Let’s Do It Right this Time – UN Efforts on the Environment, Western Sahara – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 25, 2017 The new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has given speeches indicating his priorities for both the UN’s external operations and the consistent issue of internal reforms. He strongly believes that the UN must look beyond conflict resolution to conflict prevention and emphasizes a more holistic approach to its programs. For example, in an address to the World Economic Forum (WEF), he “called for ...

Promoting Responsibility and Accountability in Morocco’s Security Services – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott January 18, 2017 Starting last Wednesday, Moroccan police officers added a new element to their uniforms – a metal badge that makes it possible to identify them by both name and number. In a statement announcing the reform, the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) stated that the goal of the uniform addition is to “increase transparency in the work of the national police services.” According to ...

In Advance of International Migrants Day, Morocco Renews Commitment to Integration – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott December 14, 2016 This year, Morocco preempted International Migrants Day – observed every December 18 to promote the protection of migrants worldwide – with an announcement launching the second phase of its campaign to regularize illegal immigrants. To recall, Morocco adopted a new immigration policy providing protections for migrants and asylum seekers in November 2013, becoming the first country in the Arab world to develop such a ...

Western Sahara –Back to the Future, Again? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley October 25, 2016 On a grey, chilly winter day in Washington in January 1999 after a long and thorough discussion, I left a typical upper floor State Department conference room very pleased that a group of interagency seniors had made a great decision to advise dumping a failed policy concerning the future of Western Sahara in favor of a new approach. I believed that decision would not ...
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