Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Dr. Lounnas' First Publication of the New Year

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, has once again had his work published with his first publication of the new year in the Maghreb Review Volume 44, Number 1 2019. Dr. Lounnas' new paper, titled " L'Algerie face a l'arc des menaces: Quelle Stategie" and co-authored by Yahia Zoubir, is based on interviews conducted in Algeria, Europe and the United States and examines the foreign and defense policies of Algeria towards its eastern and southern borders with Libya and Mali with regards to terrorist organizations, as well as Algeria's responses to the various European and US initiatives to stabilize the situation in those two countries.

You can find the link to the article here:

Dr. Gray Publishes Paper on "Indirect Victims"

Dr. Doris H. Gray, Associate Professor in AUI's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, recently published a report for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). The ICTJ is an organization that works for justice in countries that have endured massive human rights abuses under repression and in conflict.
Dr. Gray's new report titled, "Who Hears My Voice Today?: Indirect Women Victims in Tunisia", focuses on "indirect victims" of human rights violations in Tunisia, namely, the wives, sisters and children of political prisoners in Tunisia, who suffered discrimination, social exclusion, police violence and harassment during the dictatorship. Presenting the documentation and analysis, it argues that the transitional justice process in Tunisia must recognize the experiences of indirect victims, and address the consequences of the violations they faced.  
An executive summary of the report, as well as PDF downloads of the full report in both Arabic and English, can be found here: 

Dr. Lounnas Published Once Again

Dr. Djallil Lounnas has once again been published in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture papers (MENARA)The MENARA Project aims to study the geopolitical order in the making, identify the driving forces behind it, shed light on bottom-up dynamics and assess the implications of these processes on the EU and its policies towards the Middle East/North Africa region.
Dr. Lounnas and Dr. Mehdi Lahlou, a Professor of Economics at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) in Rabat and member of the AUI MENARA team, conducted a series of field works in the Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia between 2016 and 2018. These field works led to multiple studies and reports for the EU on illegal activities in the region. 
The first paper, which is drafted by Dr. Lounnas, observes the links between armed groups in the Sahel and the illegal trafficking as a means of finance. The paper shows that while these are real and genuine, they have been exaggerated. The second paper, drafted by Dr. Lahlou, focuses on the patterns of migration between the Sahel and Morocco. With these two reports, AUI has successfully completed all of its commitments to the MENARA Project. 
The two papers can be found here:

AUI Cycling Team Wins Big in Competition

On Sunday December 2nd, AUI's Cycling team attended the 2nd National University Cycling Competition hosted by the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes. The team had an outstanding performance, and saw two of its members, Taha El Messaoudi and Houssam Gouraizim, winning the Silver and Bronze medals respectively. The event was organized by the federation of university sports, and saw the attendance of the President of the University of Fes and the President of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Cycling. 

AUI Faculty Member Attends Rabat Film Festival as Judge

From November 16 through the 24th, the 23rd edition of the "Festival International Du Cinema D'Auteur De Rabat" was held in Rabat, featuring the attendance of AUI Faculty member, lecturer and filmmaker, Noelia Santos, who not only attended the international film festival, but was also one of the Critical Judges of the festival's competition. Ms. Santos has been making independent documentaries and short films since 2011, and has had her films screened at film festivals all around the world, including the ColorEs Festival in Amsterdam, the Queensworld Film Festival, New York Jazz Film Festival and New Filmmakers festivals in New York, as well as others in Bogota, Colombia and Lucern, Switzerland.

The festival aims to promote the dissemination of a demanding cinema, and feed the Moroccan public's desire for cinema by bringing them auteur films that have almost no other opportunity to be screened in the country.