Although Morocco is aiming to diversify its trade relations into West Africa, political and social opposition within ECOWAS raises questions about its real intentions.
Nearly a decade after the Arab uprisings, tempers in the outlying regions of the Maghreb are on the boil. Scarred by a history of states’ neglect, with poverty rates often more than triple that of urban areas, these frontiers of discontent are being transformed into incubators of instability.
While countries in the Maghreb and the Gulf are increasing their security cooperation, they lack a long-term strategic understanding.
Carnegie’s Intissar Fakir discusses Morocco’s PJD and what its experience of governing has meant for the kingdom.
Morocco’s Party of Justice and Development sought to show that it is possible to carve out a larger role for government while remaining loyal to the palace.
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.
Analyst Sergio Altuna Galán discusses Al-Qa‘eda’s rebranding, as well as the jihadi situation in Tunisia and Libya.
Morocco is approaching the Western Sahara issue with greater tactical flexibility, and it appears to be reaping benefits.
Yahia H. Zoubir discusses the situation in the Sahel, where weak states and illegal trafficking prevail.
In confronting the Sahel’s transnational security challenges, international actors would benefit from giving Maghreb states a role in stabilization and development.