What to Make of the Latest Jihadi Reorganization in the Sahara/Sahel – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott March 27, 2017 Earlier this month, three of the Sahel’s leading  jihadist groups – Ansar Dine, al-Mourabitoun, and Katiba Macina — announced a merger with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) under the leadership of Ansar Dine chief Iyad Ag Ghaly and the banner “Nusrat ul-Islam” (group for the victory of Islam and Muslims). In a video announcing the merger, Ghaly appeared with Yahya Abou Hamam, emir ...

Promoting Responsibility and Accountability in Morocco’s Security Services – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott January 18, 2017 Starting last Wednesday, Moroccan police officers added a new element to their uniforms – a metal badge that makes it possible to identify them by both name and number. In a statement announcing the reform, the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) stated that the goal of the uniform addition is to “increase transparency in the work of the national police services.” According to ...

Business Brief: Morocco’s Infrastructure Projects Continue to Draw International Attention; Hollywood’s Love Affair with Morocco Grows; and US Finalizes Missile Sale – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 14, 2016 A high-speed train project is expected to see its first passengers in 2017, and it is just the beginning for an ambitious effort to link up Africa. Solar power projects in Morocco have gained international recognition because of their role in advancing solar energy, making cost-effective solar energy, and innovative approaches to green financing. Thanks to a boost from Comcast and a pending ...

10/4/16 Post-Weekend Roundup: Boeing’s Major Morocco Investment, Election Prepping, and More – Jordana Merran

Jordana Merran October 4, 2016 Here’s a look at Morocco happenings since our last roundup: Boeing’s major Morocco investment: Boeing has had a presence in Morocco since at least 2001, when the company became a co-founder of Morocco Aero-Technical Interconnect Systems (MATIS) Aerospace. MATIS produces parts and engines for Boeing jets and employs 850 people in Casablanca. Boeing is also the preferred manufacturer for Moroccan national airline Royal Air Maroc, ...

Countries Address Counterterrorism Issues at UN Meeting Co-hosted by Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC September 23, 2016 A number of programs were launched at the 7th Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), co-chaired by the Netherlands and Morocco. The meeting was held on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York this month. Morocco was represented by its Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken represented the United States. In their ...
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