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 ...

How Morocco and the State Department #ChallengeExtremism – Jordana Merran

Jordana Merran, MAC June 19, 2015 Over the past week-and-a-half, 25 “women who are leading efforts to combat violent extremism in their communities in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia” have been touring the United States (Washington, DC; New York; and San Francisco, specifically) as part of the State Department’s latest International Visitor Leadership Program, “Women Preventing Violent Extremism.” “We have a renewed focus on ...

Students Join Together to Challenge Extremists’ Messaging – Jean R. AbiNader

Project Challenges Universities to Develop Counter-Narratives to ISIL Recruitment Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC June 8, 2015 University students from 23 countries recently took on a very interesting challenge – developing social media campaigns to reach populations vulnerable to recruitment by extremists. Called “P2P: Challenging Extremism,” the top three university teams competed for “the best creative media and social media campaigns to counter violent extremism” at the State Department on Thursday, ...

In Morocco, Religion AND Secularism Leading the Way on Women’s Rights – Jordana Merran

Jordana Merran, MAC June 4, 2015 PBS NewsHour’s recent broadcast on Morocco’s innovative Mourchidate program—wherein women are trained as spiritual guides—sheds light on the North African country’s efforts to promote women’s rights and curb extremism in one swoop. “Protecting the youth from extremism is a part of our mission,” explained one Mourchidate interviewed for the segment. At the same time, said segment producer Kira Kay, the Mourchidates’ speeches are “a ...
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