Maâti Monjib is a political analyst, human rights activist, and historian at the University of Mohammed V-Rabat.
Maâti Monjib is a political analyst, human rights activist, and historian at the University of Mohammed V-Rabat. He is also coordinator of Morocco’s branch of the Middle East Citizens’ Assembly (MECA), founder and director of the Ibn Rochd Center for Studies and Communication in Rabat, and a founding member of the 20 February Movement Support Council, which sought reform in Morocco during the Arab Spring. He has taught in Morocco, Senegal, and the United States. In addition, he initiated and facilitated debates between Islamists and secular activists in Morocco between 2007 and 2010 and organized the “Press Now Investigative Journalism Prize” in Morocco for 2007-2009. Dr. Monjib is a former Fulbright scholar-in-residence (2005-2006) and former Patkin Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy (2009). His works include: The Moroccan Monarchy and the Struggle for Power (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1992), A Political Biography of Mehdi Ben Barka, with Z. Daoud (Paris: Editions Michalon, 1996-2000), and Islamists Versus Secularists in Morocco, ed. (Amsterdam: IKV, 2009). He is currently preparing a Political biography of the West African leader Mamadou Dia. Dr. Monjib holds two PhDs, his first from France in North African politics and his second from Senegal on African political history. He speaks French, Arabic, and English.
The legislative elections in Morocco will not alter the balance of power between the monarch and the parliament. But for the first time, the identity of the party which will emerge victorious from the elections has become of some interest to the public, as the outcome will affect the future of popular movements that are pushing for change outside the institutional context.
The Moroccan regime has employed roundabout methods to strengthen its grip over the institutions still most capable of criticism: the independent and international press.
Morocco's leading leftist party struggles to maintain its integrity and coherence in a political scene dominated by the palace.
Morocco's local elections brought many more women into office than ever before, but it is a step that was legislated rather than chosen at the ballot box.