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Morocco: A Steady Path to Reform?

A discussion featuring:     
Audra Grant 
Senior Researcher and Manager, National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
University of Chicago 

Adnan Mazarei
Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Mohsin Khan
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Karim Mezran
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

In the four years since revolutionary fervor swept the Middle East, Morocco has managed to come out of the Arab Spring of 2011 without significant political upheaval or damage to its economy. This is surprising since Morocco is not a democracy and faces many of the same economic challenges as Egypt and Tunisia. What circumstances have determined Morocco’s fate and where is the country headed? To explore these questions, please join the Atlantic Council for a discussion about Morocco’s economy, politics, and prospects for its future. 

In their latest issue brief titled “Morocco’s Gradual Political and Economic Transition,” the Atlantic Council’s Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran address the factors that have helped Morocco weather the storm of popular uprisings sweeping the region. Based on economic developments and policies, and a close study of historical context and political characteristics, the authors analyze how and why the Moroccan state has maintained its grip on power. Khan and Mezran advance policy recommendations to open up the political system and undertake fundamental economic reforms to address the structural challenges to the country’s growth and prosperity. 

At the Atlantic Council Khan specializes on the economics of the Arab transitions and Mezran focuses on the politics of North Africa. Adnan Mazarei of the IMF has extensive policy experience with a number of countries in the MENA region. Audra Grant was previously a political scientist with the RAND Corporation and is a published author on Moroccan politics. 

DATE:         Thursday, March 12, 2015

TIME:         12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

A light lunch will be served. 

LOCATION:     Atlantic Council
1030 15th St NW, 10th floor
Washington, DC 20005