Ten years after succeeding his father to the Moroccan throne, King Mohammed VI has implemented significant economic and social reforms but has not yet delivered the kind of political change many hoped for when he took power.
Moderate Islamist parties across the Arab world have the opportunity to present themselves as legitimate candidates for preventing the spread of fundamentalism, allowing for normalized relations with the West.
The reforms established for Morocco's recent local elections have helped improve community management, but have not succeeded in limiting royal intervention in politics.
There are significant differences to how America’s moderate friends in the Middle East and those of its radical foes reacted to Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world.
The emergence of Arab Sovereign Wealth Funds represents the movement of once peripheral players into the center of the political and economic system and is a shift in the global balance of power.
In response to the financial crisis, countries in the Middle East and North Africa have resorted to short-term survival tactics that lack coordination among monetary, fiscal, and social policies.
As Algerian President Bouteflika moves into his third term, he is increasingly circumventing political institutions, such as parties or parliament, by using the distribution of rent to buy loyalty.
The ‘emergency plan’ enacted in Morocco to stave off the repercussions of the global crisis focused on selected segments of the manufacturing sector while failing to prevent a downward trend in the economic indicators.
The Obama administration can find a positive new way forward on democracy promotion by changing how the United States supports democracy abroad rather than what emphasis to place on it relative to other interests.
Barack Obama's election was celebrated throughout the Middle East. But enthusiasm could quickly turn to hostility if the new administration does not back up its rhetoric with concrete changes to U.S. Middle East policy on three key issues: Palestine, Iraq, and political reform.