Published July 18, 2012
Many Arabs, including me, have been following the American presidential elections closely. I’d like to share what I hope the next presidency will bring for our volatile and important region.
Published December 01, 2011
The strangest thing about Morocco’s multi-party elections this past Friday is America’s coolness toward them. Morocco's constitutional experiment is an ember of hope in the Arab world today and should be regarded as such in Washington.
Published October 14, 2011
U.S. officials, caught off guard by the dramatic events of the past ten months, now suggest that that they are willing to live with Islamist regimes, provided they meet a modicum of democratic standards. This new policy amounts to a complete misunderstanding of both the nature of these so-called Islamist movements and the complexity of the situation in the Arab-Muslim world.
Published June 21, 2011
Morocco seems poised to become a wholly modern state. With any luck, the July referendum on the new constitution will determine more than just the future of Morocco.
Published May 26, 2011
It marked a major transition in U.S. policy: for the first time in American history, the world’s superpower is fully behind Arab peoples in their quest for freedom.
Published May 12, 2011
Morocco stands at the front lines of the conflict between civilization and barbarism -- and between the backward path of theocratic tyranny and the forward path of political moderation and reform.
Published April 19, 2011
Given American and European military fatigue, a viable solution to the Libya conflict requires regional participation. I’m not talking about political support proffered by the Arab League or modest military support granted by the likes of Qatar. I mean that the countries in Libya’s neighborhood – specifically Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia – need to figure prominently into the coalition’s unfolding work.
Published February 24, 2011
One thing’s for sure in every Arab country now undergoing a transformation: As the Tunisian and Egyptian models have already begun to show, the absence of an organized democratic alternative to dictatorship is a guarantee of future turmoil.
Published February 05, 2011
As the United States ponders how to both encourage democracy in the Middle East and maintain stabiility, Morocca presents a model worth considering.