Rather than making North Africa safer, securitizing borders has raised the risk of instability along the region’s frontiers, where communities depend on smuggling.
Although Maghreb states have tended to pursue border security unilaterally, increased transnational coordination at the local level offers a more sustainable approach.
Although Morocco is aiming to diversify its trade relations into West Africa, political and social opposition within ECOWAS raises questions about its real intentions.
While countries in the Maghreb and the Gulf are increasing their security cooperation, they lack a long-term strategic understanding.
Morocco’s transfer of the public prosecutor out of the Ministry of Justice signals a broader shift toward the judiciary’s independence from the executive.
In confronting the Sahel’s transnational security challenges, international actors would benefit from giving Maghreb states a role in stabilization and development.
Morocco’s delays in implementing a more flexible currency system highlight officials’ fear of generating or amplifying protests.
The Party of Authenticity and Modernity is trying to regain political relevance by blaming the Party of Justice and Development for the Hoceima crisis in Morocco.
The Moroccan authorities are unsuccessfully using their influence over religious discourse and the media to try to turn the public against protesters in the Rif.
The UN is poised to renew the search for a political settlement on Western Sahara, and a recent ruling by the European Union Court of Justice may provide the foundation for negotiations.
Women continue to face challenges in accessing the higher echelons of political power, but also in playing a more substantive role in the policymaking process.
Morocco’s bid to rejoin the African Union shifts the focus of the Western Sahara issue to a new forum where the kingdom hopes it will have more power to influence or sideline the dispute.
The conflict over Morocco’s cabinet formation is a struggle for power between the PJD and the palace.
Tangier’s economic dynamism of the past years risks being damaged by a lack of devolution of powers at the local level.
Campaign mismanagement was a key reason for the failure of the Federation of the Democratic Left in Morocco’s elections.
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Despite the palace’s support for its main rival, the PJD was able to achieve record gains in Morocco’s parliament.
Morocco’s two major parties are building superficially conflicting narratives to emphasize their differences to voters despite general consensus on most issues.
A series of leaks and scandals are dominating the media’s coverage of political rivalries ahead of Morocco’s parliamentary elections.
Despite Morocco’s apparent success in cutting energy subsidies, the government is likely to face difficulties doing the same with staple goods.