In 1969, we were the first German political foundation to open an office in Morocco. For more than 50 years now, we have been working together with our partners from politics and civil society to promote democracy and an open society. In the wake of the Arab Spring of 2011, we are working specifically on training Morocco's women and youth so that they can shape the future and exploit the rights and freedoms they gained. We are permanently committed to strengthening Morocco's relations with its European partners, including of course Germany. And we like to comment on geopolitcal events from a rather unusual perspective: the North-Western tip of Africa.
Repositioning in Rabat, Joy in Jerusalem
Big news in the Middle East and North Africa. U.S. President Donald Trump announced yesterday that Morocco and Israel will establish diplomatic relations. In return, the U.S. will recognize Morocco's claims over the Western Sahara. Our heads of office in Rabat and Jerusalem analyse what the events mean - for the two countries and the balance of power in the region.
To Be or Not to Be
The kidnapping, rape and murder of an 11-year-old boy in Tangier has ignited calls for the execution of the perpetrator. The child called Adnane was abducted from close to his home in broad daylight and his body later buried in a park. The barbarous crime has stirred a national debate...
Escalation in Western Sahara
There have been repeated skirmishes and disputes between the Moroccan armed forces and the Frente Polisario liberation movement in the past. However, the fact that one party no longer wants to respect the 1991 cease-fire agreement marks a new level of escalation and is a major cause for concern in the region.
The Arab World: Between the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Plague of Populism
As the global coronavirus pandemic seems to have placed the world in the eye of a collective storm, with over 120,000 confirmed deaths, the global economy has entered a state of acute stagnation and contraction across diverse sectors, suggesting the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The FNF Human Rights Report
The year 2020 in review is dominated by the Corona pandemic. The virus has highlighted the importance of striking the right balance between health protection and freedom. But the pandemic has also revealed that more and more governments and state leaders around the world are inciting and fuelling fears amongst citizens to justify rigid restrictions of fundamental freedoms instead of grounding their power in the rule of law and human rights.
Three ways to advance Muslim women’s rights
The laws that men designed, supposedly anchored on the divinity of the Quran, are inclined towards expediency, and are biased against women. What should be done to address this?
IAF Seminars 2021
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