Mar 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.

Coronavirus Libya

In the News

Nov 20, 2019

Ullman in UPI: What if decades of American influence were historical aberration?

By Harlan Ullman

Conflict Crisis Management

In the News

Apr 1, 2019

Charai in Newsmax: The Pope and the King: How Two Faith Leaders Are Changing Our World

By Ahmed Charai

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In the News

Oct 19, 2018

Charai in El Mundo: Marruecos: ¿Un Laboratorio Para el Mundo Árabe?

By Ahmed Charai

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Oct 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.

Morocco North Africa


Jul 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.

Iran Morocco

In the News

Apr 27, 2018

Mezran Quoted in QUARTZ on Airbnb Tax in Morocco

By Karim Mezran

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Nov 28, 2017

Factbox: The Western Sahara and its path towards a referendum

By Mariam Elatouabi

What is the history of the Western Sahara and what is its relationship with Morocco? How close is it really to a referendum?

Morocco North & West Africa

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Oct 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 […]

Human Rights Morocco


Oct 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 […]

Democratic Transitions Morocco