Women can Play a Critical Role in Combating Terrorism – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 15, 2016 Women should be encouraged to take a greater role in counterterrorism efforts as women and girls are disproportionately affected by terrorist violence. This was the message brought home in a speech by Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at a recent gathering. She was speaking about the critical importance of including countering violent extremism (CVE) in the agenda for Women, ...

Morocco Strikes a Strong Note for Tolerance and Inclusion – Jean R. AbiNader

How will it make a Difference? Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 7, 2016 An article recently reprinted in The Forward brought into sharp contrast the perceptions of Jews among Arabs and Muslims. The story covered the recent award by Kivunim, the Institute for World Jewish Studies, of its first Reverend Martin Luther King Jr -Rabbi Abraham Herschel Award to Sultan (later King) Mohammed V of Morocco for his protection of ...

The Hassan II Mosque, 22 Years On – Robert Lalle

By Robert Lalle August 20, 2015 This month marks the twenty-second anniversary of the completion of the fifth largest mosque in the world, the Hassan II Mosque. Located in Casablanca, it is considered one of King Hassan II’s crowning achievements. The master mind behind the elaborate $800 million dollar complex was architect Michel Pinseau, who met King Hassan when the king was visiting UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Pinseau had already ...

Cultural Transformation in Morocco – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott, MAC August 13, 2015 Over the last few months, there has been a series of events in Morocco that have sparked a vigorous debate over cultural and social issues – and civil society activism on both sides – in a country widely known for its moderate approach to Islam and its embrace of diversity. It has certainly been an interesting few months in Morocco, with civil society ...

EVENT BRIEF: Carnegie Endowment Event Highlights Morocco’s Role in African Development

By Katherine Kinnaird June 30, 2015 King Mohammed VI’s recent visits to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, and Gabon, along with his numerous training initiatives for imams from the continent, have greatly bolstered Morocco’s relations with its African neighbors, according to a June 24 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace conference entitled, “The Fragile Sahel: Transnational Threats and Sustainable Solutions.” During the first panel on “Security Challenges in the Sahel,” Anouar Boukhars ...
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