Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Lounnas on Women’s Role in Sahel Jihadi Organizations

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant SHSS Professor of International Studies, recently participated in a conference at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on “The Reverse Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters” in Rome, May 10-11th, 2018. Lounnas participated in the panel discussion: "A GENDERED APPROACH TO PREVENTING AND COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM”, and presented on "The role of Women in Jihadi organizations in the sahel". He looked at the religious justification for women’s involvement in these organizations, as well as the role they play in the Sahel in mobilizing, supporting, and participating in those Jihadi organizations.

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Alumna Selected for Obama Foundation’s 2018 Africa Program

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) alumna Zineb Lahbabi—International Studies major, Class of 2013 - has recently been selected to be a participant of the Obama Foundation’s “2018 Africa Program”, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, between July 14th and 18th.

The “Africa Program” is a prestigious, yearlong initiative whose aim is to prepare young African leaders for various roles in the government, civil service, and private sector. Participants in attendance of this July’s program will have the chance to meet with prominent members of the Obama administration, and, at the end of the program, will have the chance to attend a town-hall-style meeting headed by former American President Barrack Obama himself.

Zineb is one of 200 participants, chosen from an applicant pool of nearly 10,000 candidates. AUI is very proud of Zineb and can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

Ahmed Lekssays Discusses Web Vulnerabilities

On April 28th, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) School of Science and Engineering graduate student Ahmed Lekssays was invited to be the first guest speaker at the "Institut National de Statistique et d'Économie Appliquée’s (INSEA)" IT Village 1.0n INSEA where he discussed "Blockchain and Data Security" and the vulnerabilities he had discovered on Twitter, Whatsapp, Dropbox, and Tumblr. 

Other speakers at the event included a number of professors, researchers, and consultants. The event was attended by the "Secrétaire d’Etat auprès du Ministre de l’Industrie, de l’Investissement, du Commerce et de l’Economie Numérique, chargé de l’Investissement" 

Trainers Worldwide: Meryem Khayat Considers a Global Approach to Saving the World

Meryem Khayat, the president of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane’s (AUI) very own Amnesty International Club, recently participated in the Academy of Amnesty International’s “Training of Trainers” ( TOT) program on participatory methodologies in Human Rights Education in Beirut on April 25–29.

MENARA Progress: Success at the Budapest Conference

On April 18, 2018, the Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture (MENARA) held yet another conference to check on its teams’ progress.

The AUI MENARA team—composed of Vice President Messari, Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Dr. Mehdi Lahlou, Mr. Rachid Daoudi and Mr. Makhtar Rhanai—is proud to announce that their great work over the course of the past year has paid off, resulting in a successful Budapest conference.

Some of the team’s accomplishments include: submitting 4 papers, two of which are research papers, one of which is a policy brief, and another of which is a future note; conducting five fact finding missions in five MENA countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, and Mali), making AUI the only team to have extensively covered the North African-Sahelian Region; conducting sixty of the hundred and sixty six MENARA interviews—interviewees ranged from citizens, officials, and people from the opposition, to intellectuals, journalist, NGO representatives, and even international organizations; collecting comprehensive data that will allow the team to render more accurate comparisons; and rigorously managing financial resources.