The arrest of anti-monarchy opposition journalist Ali Anouzla under the Moroccan Anti-Terrorism Law signals renewed suppression of freedoms of expression and the press.
Morocco’s focus on economic development in Western Sahara, in an attempt to build support for its rule among residents, has left negotiations without a clear path forward.
Moroccan reactions to Egypt’s coup are threatening to marginalize the PJD.
Despite a new constitution aimed at devolving power away from the palace, Morocco’s executive branch continues to show its hand in legislative affairs.
In the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster, Muslim Brotherhood offshoots across the region seek to distance themselves from the “mother” organization—yet they all face the same fundamental challenges.
Respect for human rights is a common denominator in the Western Sahara conflict that the international community should back at all costs.
The palace uses its secular allies to go after ruling Islamists, exacerbating tensions that might well lead to the fall of their government.
Morocco’s new dialogue aims to reduce ideological polarizations regarding the rehabilitation of Salafi-jihadis detained under the Anti-Terrorism Law.
Despite rising popular support and stalled programs of reform, Morocco’s Justice and Development Party still has to toe the palace line.
Al-Adl wal-Ihsan’s relationship with the palace is unlikely to change following the death of its founder, Abdessalam Yassine.
The Arab Spring has created new opportunities for the Kingdom to engage regionally—as the upcoming Community of Sahel-Saharan States meeting is likely to reveal.
Populism seems to be changing the face of Morocco’s political parties—as they all pursue this approach to stay relevant.
A group of self-anointed brokers have emerged and are attempting a solution to the long standing issue of detained Salafi extremists. But why now?
Even the country’s most conservative Islamists are reevaluating their approach to politics to keep up with change.
Morocco’s monarchy appears to be returning to its old ways—and Justice and Development is objecting.
Morocco’s Justice & Development Party will hold its seventh congress this month under exceptional circumstances. What challenges does it face?
Though institutional factors stall reform in Morocco, we should also give attention to the colossal efforts the monarchy expends on maintaining its symbolic and traditionalist capital.
Is there a “Moroccan exception” to the past year’s uprisings?
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 enshrining of Amazight as an official language in Morocco's newly approved constitution will have a lasting impact on Berber identity politics in North Africa.