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: