Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Al Akhawayn Students Publish Anthology of Research

Al Akhawayn Students Publish Anthology of Research


A group of eight Al Akhawayn students have combined their work into an anthology of research, The Foundations of Moroccan Foreign Policy, edited by Tachfine Baida (‘14) and published by Sirus Academic Press, a new academic press in the US specialized in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 

The anthology was written by the students in spring 2012 within the framework of a graduate course, "Moroccan Foreign Policy and Diplomacy" taught by Jack Kalpakian, Associate Professor of International Studies in Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Kalpakian supervised the project and also wrote the introduction of the book. 

“This is a wonderful initiative,” said Cherif Bel Fekih, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Such is an excellent way to give graduate students a taste of research and publication.”

Before being published by Sirius Academic Press, the articles were peer-reviewed by five academic scholars. Connell Monette, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Al Akhawayn, also assisted with the preparation of the anthology for publication.

The anthology includes several analyses and dissertations on Moroccan foreign policy, a major field of pursuit for Al Akhawayn University.

“Academic works pertaining to Moroccan foreign policy are quite scarce in the field of international relations. This project comes as a modest contribution to the promotion of research on Moroccan foreign policy,” said Baida.  

Students who contributed to the anthology include Meryem Lakhdar (‘13), Lamiae Haiek (‘13), Tachfine Baida (‘14), Yassine Legrouri (‘13), Hasfa El Bastami(‘13), Abderahim Azara(‘13), Ghassan Essalehi (‘13), and Suvi Moilanen (visiting international student). 

Reference: Baida, Tachfine, ed.  The Foundations of Moroccan Policy: An Anthology. Wilsonville: Sirius Academic Press, 2013. Available at:

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