The Maroc Talk Podcast

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Closed Borders Deepen Security Issues in North Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC August 10, 2017 Without better security coordination and cooperation among Maghreb countries, effectively addressing challenges like illegal immigration, smuggling, and terrorism remains difficult. In a previous blog, I argued that on economic grounds alone, open borders would benefit all of the Maghreb countries, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. Three recent articles spell out the dangers as well to regional security resulting from closed borders, troubles ...

Western Sahara – Resolve? and Resolutions? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 19, 2017 It has been ten years, a decade, since Morocco offered an initiative in the Security Council to provide a generous autonomy to the population of Western Sahara.  Ten years is a long time to wait for action, especially for a problem that already has been around for more than four decades. It has been 15 years, a decade and a half, since the Security ...

Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Report Highlights Transnational Cooperation – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 22, 2017 While a great deal has been written about the failure of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) to realize its potential for making North Africa a regional powerhouse, little is known in the US about the UfM and how it is creating new cooperative relationships across the Mediterranean basin. Led since 2012 by Secretary General Amb. Fathallah Sijilmassi, it pulls together its 43 member ...

What to do with the Arab Maghreb Union? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 7, 2017 In a previous blog, I focused on King Mohammed VI’s lament regarding the failure of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), speaking to the African Heads of State meeting in January, when Morocco joined the African Union after an absence of 33 years. He raised it as a reason for Morocco’s emphasis on building relations with sub-Saharan Africa. Now, a recent piece from the ...
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