Maâti Monjib

Maâti Monjib is a political analyst, human rights activist, and historian at the University of Mohammed V-Rabat.

Maâti Monjib is a political analyst, human rights activist, and historian at the University of Mohammed V-Rabat. He is also coordinator of Morocco’s branch of the Middle East Citizens’ Assembly (MECA), founder and director of the Ibn Rochd Center for Studies and Communication in Rabat, and a founding member of the 20 February Movement Support Council, which sought reform in Morocco during the Arab Spring. He has taught in Morocco, Senegal, and the United States. In addition, he initiated and facilitated debates between Islamists and secular activists in Morocco between 2007 and 2010 and organized the “Press Now Investigative Journalism Prize” in Morocco for 2007-2009. Dr. Monjib is a former Fulbright scholar-in-residence (2005-2006) and former Patkin Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy (2009). His works include: The Moroccan Monarchy and the Struggle for Power (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1992), A Political Biography of Mehdi Ben Barka, with Z. Daoud (Paris: Editions Michalon, 1996-2000), and Islamists Versus Secularists in Morocco, ed. (Amsterdam: IKV, 2009). He is currently preparing a Political biography of the West African leader Mamadou Dia. Dr. Monjib holds two PhDs, his first from France in North African politics and his second from Senegal on African political history. He speaks French, Arabic, and English.

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  • Lopsided Struggle for Power in Morocco

    Lopsided Struggle for Power in Morocco

    The conflict over Morocco’s cabinet formation is a struggle for power between the PJD and the palace.

  • Record Gains for Morocco’s Islamist Party

    Record Gains for Morocco’s Islamist Party

    Despite the palace’s support for its main rival, the PJD was able to achieve record gains in Morocco’s parliament.

  • The Islamists Ahead in Morocco

    The Islamists Ahead in Morocco

    With the exception of the Islamists, Morocco’s political parties have failed to take advantage of the post-2011 openings in political space.

  • An Interview with Moroccan Journalist Ali Anouzla

    An Interview with Moroccan Journalist Ali Anouzla

    "Fifteen years of Mohammed VI’s rule has proven that there is no political will to liberalize the public media or guarantee independent journalism."

  • What’s Become of Freedom of Expression?

    What’s Become of Freedom of Expression?

    The arrest of anti-monarchy opposition journalist Ali Anouzla under the Moroccan Anti-Terrorism Law signals renewed suppression of freedoms of expression and the press.

  • Constitutionally Imbalanced

    Constitutionally Imbalanced

    Despite a new constitution aimed at devolving power away from the palace, Morocco’s executive branch continues to show its hand in legislative affairs.

  • Mudslinging in  Morocco

    Mudslinging in Morocco

    The palace uses its secular allies to go after ruling Islamists, exacerbating tensions that might well lead to the fall of their government.

  • All the King's Islamists

    All the King's Islamists

    Morocco’s monarchy appears to be returning to its old ways—and Justice and Development is objecting.

  • Will Morocco’s Elections Subdue Popular Protests?

    The legislative elections in Morocco will not alter the balance of power between the monarch and the parliament. But for the first time, the identity of the party which will emerge victorious from the elections has become of some interest to the public, as the outcome will affect the future of popular movements that are pushing for change outside the institutional context.

  • Moroccan Methods to Silence Press

    The Moroccan regime has employed roundabout methods to strengthen its grip over the institutions still most capable of criticism: the independent and international press.

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