Morocco’s security-oriented approach to countering violent extremism leaves little room for rehabilitation efforts.
By fueling a media war between Islamists and leftists, the Moroccan regime can isolate individual critics and prevent these forces from forming an anti-palace coalition.
Rabat has heightened its support for Sahel countries, hoping to make gains on a number of levels.
Morocco’s domestic challenges are giving greater urgency to certain aspects of the EU–Morocco relationship even as the traditional pillars—security, migration and trade—remain important.
Efforts to reduce the mandate and scope of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara could shift parties away from a political solution and risk greater instability.
The current trend in U.S. and European governments to pay less attention to human rights issues in Arab countries did not develop overnight, and is unlikely to disappear quickly, as it is connected to local, regional, and global trends.
Despite variances in threat intensity and risk, challenges loom across the Maghreb. The specter of jihadism may haunt North Africa for a long time.
As the state fails to improve socio-economic conditions, Moroccans are taking matters into their own hands.
Rather than making North Africa safer, securitizing borders has raised the risk of instability along the region’s frontiers, where communities depend on smuggling.
The importance of radical ideology in the Sahel and Maghreb stems from its instrumental value and normative commitments. For rebel leaders, radical ideology helps their groups recruit and stand out from the rest of the pack.