Mediterranean & Middle East

The 2016 parliamentary elections in Morocco: context and interpretations

Bernabé López García and Miguel Hernando de Larramendi. ARI 17/2017 - 9/3/2017.

On 7 October 2016 the Justice and Development Party revalidated its victory in the Moroccan parliamentary elections.

Document of interest: UNDP - Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the prospects for human development in changing reality

. MI/DI - 29/11/2016.

Nuevo informe de la ONU sobre desarrollo humano en el mundo árabe en el que se analizan los retos y las oportunidades para los más jóvenes en la región, en especial desde 2011 (resumen ejecutivo). Ver también en la web: Arab Human Development Report 2016.

The 2016 edition of the Arab Human Development Report –Youth and the prospects for human development in changing reality– examines challenges and opportunities facing youth in the Arab region, especially since 2011 (executive summary). See also the web: Arab Human Development Report 2016.

A political economy of low oil prices in Algeria

Gonzalo Escribano. Expert Comment 40/2016 - 19/10/2016.

Low oil prices seem to have slightly shifted Algerian political economy balances, making economic (and energy) reform more attractive. Both the EU and the US should explore this window of opportunity.

Morocco’s indignation with Ban Ki-moon: is the Western Sahara an ‘occupied’ territory?

Khadija Mohsen-Finan. ARI 61/2016 - 26/7/2016.

The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has incurred the wrath of Morocco by referring to the ‘occupation’ of the Western Sahara and recalling the uncertainty that has surrounded the status of this territory for over 40 years.

Brexit and the EU’s ‘Syrian bill’

Haizam Amirah-Fernández. Expert Comment 30/2016 - 5/7/2016.

The UK’s vote to withdraw from the EU has many and complex causes but it cannot be understood without making reference to the turbulence generated by the Syrian conflict.

The EU-Algeria energy forum: a new narrative in the making or just another missed opportunity?

Gonzalo Escribano. Expert Comment 21/2016 - 6/6/2016.

The Algeria-EU business forum on energy cooperation held in Algiers last 23 and 24 May has for the first time put together Algerian and European industry representatives and public officials, including regulatory authorities.

Morocco: a singular path in a troubled region

Youssef Amrani. Expert Comment 8/2016 - 3/3/2016.

The third way of peaceful and evolutionary reform has allowed Morocco to embrace proactive change as the guarantee of its long-term stability.

Document of interest: Co-Hosts Declaration of the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference

. MI - 10/2/2016.

Final declaration of the conference of donors that took place on 4 February in London, hosted by Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the UN. The donors have agreed on helping Syria with $10 billion.

Declaración final de la conferencia de donantes celebrada el pasado 4 de febrero en Londres bajo el auspicio de Alemania, Noruega, Reino Unido y Naciones Unidas. Los países han comprometido 10.000 millones de dólares para ayudar a la población siria cuando se entra en el sexto año del conflicto.

Surrounded by trouble, hit by conflict: Turkey and its manifold challenges

Işık Őzel. ARI 4/2016 - 18/1/2016.

Located in a difficult zone of conflict and power struggles between multiple players, Turkey is experiencing some hard times. Difficulties regarding its foreign policy are currently coupled with turmoil in its domestic politics, rising conflict and threats against democracy.

Algeria approves a budget right at the brink

Gonzalo Escribano. ARI 3/2016 (English version) - 15/1/2016.

Algeria has approved a budget for 2016 at the limit of the politically feasible after a tumultuous parliamentary session.