Despite rising popular support and stalled programs of reform, Morocco’s Justice and Development Party still has to toe the palace line.
Al-Adl wal-Ihsan’s relationship with the palace is unlikely to change following the death of its founder, Abdessalam Yassine.
The Arab Spring has created new opportunities for the Kingdom to engage regionally—as the upcoming Community of Sahel-Saharan States meeting is likely to reveal.
Populism seems to be changing the face of Morocco’s political parties—as they all pursue this approach to stay relevant.
A group of self-anointed brokers have emerged and are attempting a solution to the long standing issue of detained Salafi extremists. But why now?
Even the country’s most conservative Islamists are reevaluating their approach to politics to keep up with change.
Morocco’s monarchy appears to be returning to its old ways—and Justice and Development is objecting.
Morocco’s Justice & Development Party will hold its seventh congress this month under exceptional circumstances. What challenges does it face?
Though institutional factors stall reform in Morocco, we should also give attention to the colossal efforts the monarchy expends on maintaining its symbolic and traditionalist capital.
Is there a “Moroccan exception” to the past year’s uprisings?
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.
The enshrining of Amazight as an official language in Morocco's newly approved constitution will have a lasting impact on Berber identity politics in North Africa.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has invited the Kingdom of Morocco to join. However, there are concerns over the effects joining the GCC could have on political reforms promised by King Mohammed VI.
The king has promised significant constitutional reforms; will he allow changes that would lessen his own powers?
The Moroccan regime has employed roundabout methods to strengthen its grip over the institutions still most capable of criticism: the independent and international press.
Morocco's leading leftist party struggles to maintain its integrity and coherence in a political scene dominated by the palace.
Morocco's independent press has been coming increasingly into conflict with the palace and calling vociferously for a new press code, but is the press itself part of the problem?
Morocco's local elections brought many more women into office than ever before, but it is a step that was legislated rather than chosen at the ballot box.
Morocco's upcoming local elections are likely to show improvements in areas specifically chosen for their public relations appeal.
The new Party for Authenticity and Modernity presents itself as an innovative alternative to the Islamist Party of Justice and Development, but its modus operandi is far from new.