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.
Conflicts and insecurity in the Maghreb and Sahel are increasingly becoming interdependent and altering the regional security terrain.
Now that Morocco has regained its seat at the African Union, the Kingdom faces a new context where it must defend its core interests while proving that it is a responsible stakeholder whose membership benefits the AU.
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.
EU policy towards the Maghreb is still reflective of the disjointed self-interests of member states who favor their own short-term political and security interests and does not take stock of the new realities affecting security in several countries of the Maghreb.
Tangier’s economic dynamism of the past years risks being damaged by a lack of devolution of powers at the local level.
The net effect of recent reforms and development programs in Morocco has been minimal, and that is largely by design.
Campaign mismanagement was a key reason for the failure of the Federation of the Democratic Left in Morocco’s elections.