MENASourceMar 30, 2020
The coronavirus crisis highlights the unique challenges of North African countries
By Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Emily Burchfield, and Zineb Riboua
It is important to monitor the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, its effects on each North Africa system, and the debate between government elites and masses to better understand the situation in these countries and the long-term implications of the health crisis.
MENASourceOct 4, 2018
Moroccan conscription: An unfinished process
By Sarah Alaoui and Leila Hanafi
If passed by the country’s two parliamentary chambers, an expedited draft law 44.18 would reinstate mandatory military service for both Moroccan men and women between the ages of nineteen and twenty-five by the end of next year.
MENASourceJul 16, 2018
Diplomatic relations between Morocco and Iran sour over Western Sahara dispute
By Mariam Elatouabi
Tensions between Morocco and Iran over the Western Sahara dispute ignited in March 2017, when the Moroccan authorities arrested Lebanese Hezbollah financier Kassim Tajideen in Casablance, en route to Beirut from Guinea-Bissau.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionOct 12, 2017
Women’s rights in Morocco: Balancing domestic and international law
By Leila Hanafi and Danielle Hites
Despite Morocco’s many legal advances in women’s rights, its lack of effective implementation and the existence of legislative loopholes undermines its reputation as an open, tolerant, and progressive country. In recent months, Morocco’s human rights record has come under the scrutiny of international organizations, notably the UN Human Rights Council latest UPR. Morocco’s questionable human […]
MENASourceOct 11, 2017
The limits of democratization in Morocco
By Dr. Nabeel Khoury
The demonstrations, police repression, and continued violence in al-Hoceima in the northern Rif region of Morocco bring back not only the rebellious past of that region, but also memories among Moroccans of Hassan II’s repression—the so-called years of lead. The events also bring the country full circle back to the beginning of the Arab uprising […]