The pro-democracy uprisings that swept across the Middle East in 2011 made clear the need to forge a new social contract between rulers and ruled.
Morocco’s two major parties are building superficially conflicting narratives to emphasize their differences to voters despite general consensus on most issues.
A series of leaks and scandals are dominating the media’s coverage of political rivalries ahead of Morocco’s parliamentary elections.
Despite Morocco’s apparent success in cutting energy subsidies, the government is likely to face difficulties doing the same with staple goods.
Morocco’s reaction to a UN statement on Western Sahara has weakened the UN mission’s capacity, threatened its political mandate, and set a dangerous precedent.
In its foreign policy toward North Africa and the Middle East, the EU is putting stability before human rights, as it did before the Arab Spring.
The EU’s timid insistence on political reform in Morocco coupled with unrelenting financial and diplomatic support might have removed the incentive for reforms.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb remains a looming threat, with its proven adaptability and resilience, and its high capacity for destruction.
Reforms and development in the wake of the Arab Spring protests in Morocco have addressed some surface issues but have failed to resolve underlying structural problems.
This all-day conference brings together leading scholars from around the world to examine security and governance challenges in the Maghreb-Sahel.