Intissar Fakir is a fellow and editor in chief of Sada in Carnegie’s Middle East Program.
Intissar Fakir is a fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on political, security, and economic change in Morocco and other North African countries. Her research examines political Islam trends, local governance, social mobilization, and foreign policy. She is also the editor in chief of Sada, Carnegie’s Middle East online journal.
Previously, she was the managing editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin, the precursor to Sada, at Carnegie. She has also served as special assistant to the vice president for strategy and policy at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has worked on implementing democracy and education assistance programs in the North Africa and the Middle East. She has consulted for a number of organizations and companies and has written for numerous publications and news outlets in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Rising tensions between Morocco and the Polisario Front come at the worst time for parties to the Western Sahara conflict.
The impact of the coronavirus in the Middle East has led to shifts in the nature of authoritarianism.
Covid-19 may have given North African governments a respite from protests, but this is unlikely to last long.
Rabat has heightened its support for Sahel countries, hoping to make gains on a number of levels.
As the state fails to improve socio-economic conditions, Moroccans are taking matters into their own hands.
Morocco is approaching the Western Sahara issue with greater tactical flexibility, and it appears to be reaping benefits.
Francis Fukuyama discusses the U.S. role in the Middle East and the future of ideology in the region.
Michael McFaul analyzes the many angles of Russia’s approach to the Syrian conflict.
Elliott Abrams addresses the nuclear deal with Iran and how the Iranian-Israeli rivalry might impact the Middle East.
As the Qatar crisis worsens, Morocco is struggling to remain neutral.