The Latest on Morocco’s Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 18, 2017 Over the past decade, Morocco has been at the forefront of efforts to counter violent extremism – whether through training imams to preach tolerance or promoting reform and development to ensure that people susceptible to extremist influences have alternative paths. Cognizant of the role of prisons – as both a catalyst for extremism and a place to combat it – the Kingdom has focused ...

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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 ...
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