Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Recent developments in the North Africa region : ...

As part of its study program "Global competitiveness and the positioning of Morocco in the globalized system", the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies organized on March 14, 2011 a round-table on "Recent developments in the North Africa region : challenges and prospects for Morocco ?".

The round-table, to which took part a panel of National and nNorth Africansexperts, was held in two sessions, dealing respectively with the current changes facing some North African countries and their implications for regional and international geopolitical balance, and the different possible scenarios related to these changes and challenges they raise for Morocco and for our entire region

2:45 p.m.
Introduction by Mr. Mohammed Tawfik MOULINE
Director General of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies

3:00 p.m.
Session 1: dynamics of change in some North African countries: what implications for regional and international geopolitical balances?
Moderator: Mr. Nacer BENJELLOUN TOUIMI
Study program coordinator at IRES, University Professor, former Ambassador

Political change and prospects for integration in the south of the Mediterranean
Mr. Ahmed DRISS
Director of the Center for Mediterranean and International Studies, Tunisia

The importance of democratic change for development in the Arab Maghreb
Mr. Didi OULD SALECK
President of the Center for Strategic Studies, Nouakchott, Mauritania

The Libyan crisis: Challenges and Prospects
Mr. Luis MARTINEZ
Research director at CERI- Political Sciences – School of Governance and Economy in Rabat

Algeria to the risks of contagion from the Arab spring
Mr. Djallil LOUNASS
Professor at the School of Governance and Economics
Associate researcher at the Centre for Peace Studies and International Security (CEPS), Montreal

4:00 p.m.
Session 2: What’s the situation in North African Neighborhood of Morocco?
Moderator: Mr. Said MOUFTI
Senior researcher at the IRES, study project coordinator “Economic Competitiveness”

Role of the domestic private sector in absorbing social demands
Ms. Salwa KARKRI-BELKEZIZ
Member of the Board of CGEM

Morocco and the Forth Democratic Wave: Challenges and Options
Mr. Mustapha KHALFI
Director, Centre for Contemporary Studies and Research

The dynamics of change in the Maghreb: what impact on the trajectory of the region in the medium and long term
Ms. Amel BOUBEKEUR
Research Associate, Maghreb Center, Washington-DC

The dynamics of change in North Africa: What strategic impacts on Morocco?
Mr. Zakaria ABOUDDAHAB
University Professor, Research Associate at the IRES

5:15 p.m.
General Debate

6:30 p.m.
Summary and conclusions
Mr. Thomas Schiller
Permanent Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Morocco

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