Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Michael J. Willis

Michael J. Willis, H.M. King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies and Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, gave a talk to Al Akhawayn community on “The Arab Spring in the Maghrib”. Michael Willis’ research interests focus on the politics, modern history, and international relations of the Maghreb. He is author of The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History (1997) and is currently writing a book on the comparative politics of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

Posted on 04/23/2012

Hind Sabiry

Al Akhawayn Alumni Association (AA) appointed on April 19, 2012 alumna Hind Sabiry (99') President of the association. Sabiry has been AA's Vice President under former President, Khalid Baddou ('01). 

Posted on 04/23/2012

Mohammed Bouzidi

Al Akhawayn's Mohammed VI Library hosted on April 19, 2012, the 28th Edition of Honoring Al Akhawayn Authors. This edition's author was Mohammed Bouzidi, Visiting Professor at Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences, who gave a talk entitled "Context behind the Writings" on April 19, 2012. Mohammed Bouzidi talked about his writing experience since 1977. His works touched upon issues relating to political science, international relations, and development-related management. Bouzidi recently published an article on “Democratic Transition in Morocco". Below is a summary of the article published in the journal of the Instituto da Defesa Nacional, Lisbon

"Democratic transition is a new phenomenon in most developing countries and Morocco is no exception in this regard. A number of steps have been taken by King Mohammed VI - repairing the damage done to human rights during the "Years of Lead", strengthening some of the rights of women through the revision of Family Law, launching the National Initiative on Human Development aiming at reducing poverty in rural areas that have been neglected by successive governments since independence and organizing clean elections in 2002 and 2007. However, despite some democratic reforms, one question still remains: are these reforms a platform for further reforms or do they represent a terminus?" 

For more information please visit Bouzidi's web page 

Posted on 04/20/2012



Barany Discusses the Military's Role in the Arab Revolts

Zoltan Barany, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, gave a lecture on "The Military's Role in the Arab Revolts" on April 18, 2012 at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Barany is Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor, Fellow of the Centennial Chair in the Liberal Arts, the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of several books, among which The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (Princeton, 2012), Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military (Princeton, 2007), The Future of NATO Expansion (Cambridge, 2003) and The East European Gypsies (Cambridge, 2001). He has also published several articles in prestigious journals such as Comparative Politics, Government and Opposition, Journal of Democracy, Policy Review, Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, World Politics, and more.

Posted on 04/20/2012


The Moroccan daily Newspaper L'Economiste published today, April 19, 2012, a paper entitled "For an Agency for Pharmaceuticals in Morocco" by Jaouad Anissi, PhD student in Biotechnology at the Faculty of Science in Moulay Abdellah University, Fez; supervised by Khalid Sendide, Associate Professor of Biology at Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering. The newspaper article is based on one of the findings from an article entitled "Patents, Pharmaceuticals and Prices of Generics in Morocco and Neighboring Economies" written by Ahmed Driouchi, Dean of the Al Akhawayn Institute for Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies, and Nada Zouag ('04), Al Akhawayn alumna (published on the April 2012 Journal of World Intellectual Property Rights). To read the article, click here

Posted on 04/19/2012