The Challenges of Migration in North Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC October 4, 2017 A recent event at CSIS and several lengthy articles focused on challenges resulting from migration from sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa and beyond. It is a complex issue involving definitions and concepts that stretch across human conditions and political events, and has regional and international implications related to economic development, terrorism, border control, and prejudice, for a start. At CSIS, Kirsten Schuettler, a ...

Morocco’s Africa Policy highlighted in Jeune Afrique – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 13, 2017 Morocco’s return to the African Union in January – after a 33 year hiatus – marked a crowning achievement in the country’s decades-long leadership on the continent. Long a priority of King Mohammed VI, Morocco’s African diplomacy has only ramped up since then — on issues ranging from security and counterterrorism to trade and soccer. Last month, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita spoke with Jeune ...

The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 10.30.17: 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 Talk 8.2.17: Talking about Throne Day 2017

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 ...

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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