Speaking with Voice of America, Carnegie’s Anouar Boukhars discussed how the indifference of Maghreb governments towards marginalized border areas has led to instability and discontent. Furthermore, he added that informal, laissez-faire trade policies have increased the proliferation of contraband and militancy in the region.
This interview originally aired on Voice of America.
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The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics.