When a Commitment to Economic Growth Has its Detractors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC March 14, 2017 You probably haven’t seen the news about Morocco and the ECOWAS yet. In fact, you may react with “Eco-what?” I wouldn’t blame you. The ECOWAS is a regional economic group of 15 Central and West African countries, including some, like Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, and Nigeria, that you may have heard of, as well as others such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast, ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Be Watching? Why Not Us? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley March 9, 2017 Where tensions are running high and opposing armed forces are facing off with one another, separated by only a couple of hundred meters, the risk of an accident with unpredictable and potentially terrible consequences also runs equally high. Such has been the case for the last several months in Western Sahara, where, until very recently, substantial deployments of the armed forces of Morocco and ...

What’s Wrong with the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC February 21, 2017 Nearly 30 years after its 1989 founding,   the AMU is still unable to further its initial mission – to build economic cooperation among its member countries: Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia — let alone move towards greater integration of its transportation, communications, and energy sectors. While analysts point to the political tensions between members over issues such as the Western Sahara, migration, ...

The Family Grows Bigger: Reactions to the African Union’s Historic Decision to Admit Morocco – Jordana Merran

By Jordana Merran February 9, 2017 It’s been just over a week since an overwhelming majority of African Union (AU) member states (39 of 54) agreed to admit Morocco to the pan-African organization after a 33-year hiatus. The historic decision is a crowning achievement for Moroccan King Mohammed VI, who has made Africa a foreign policy priority during his reign. As he outlined in a speech to the AU the ...

King Mohammed VI Highlights Ties to Africa in African Union Speech – Jean R. AbiNader

“It is time to return home” says king as Morocco rejoins the AU Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 31, 2017 Just a year ago, most political observers were sure that Morocco’s push to rejoin the AU had only a remote possibility of success. Yet, it has happened. Relying on a broad offensive that combined astute political outreach coupled with economic diplomacy, Morocco generated broad goodwill across the continent and entered ...
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