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Samir Bennis

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Samir Bennis is a political analyst. He worked for eight years as political adviser to an Arab country's mission to the United Nations. He received a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Provence in France. He also holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Toulouse I, a Master’s degree in Iberian studies from the University of Toulouse II, a Master’s degree in diplomatic studies from Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish studies from the University of Fez. He pursued a post-doctoral research at the Diplomatic School of Madrid. His areas of academic interest include, relations between Morocco and Spain and between the Muslim world and the West, as well as the global politics of oil. He has published over 200 articles in Arabic, French, English and Spanish, and authored "Les Relations Politiques, Economiques et Culturelles Entre le Maroc et l’Espagne: 1956-2005", which was published in French in 2008. He is the co-founder of Morocco World News. He lives in Washington D.C.

Morocco’s High Road Policy Toward Saudi-American ‘Deal’ on Jerusalem

Rabat - In the last six months, King Mohammed VI has adopted a staunchly independent stance with respect to intervention in the policies of...

Why Trump Took Almost a Year to Choose an Ambassador to...

Washington - With today’s nomination of businessman David Fischer as the United States’ new ambassador to Morocco, many are wondering: why it took President...

What the Catalonia and Kurdistan Referenda Mean for Western Sahara Dispute

Washington D.C. - The visit of the new Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, to the...

Why Is Europe Hit by Terrorism While Morocco Remains Untouched?

Washington D.C. - In recent days, Moroccans have been taken aback by the publication of media reports that state, both directly and indirectly, that...

What Media Pundits Miss by Calling Terror Attacks Like Barcelona ‘Islamic’

Washington D.C. - As long as we automatically see every act of violence committed by a Muslim as ‘Islamic’, we will never be able...

Morocco Well Positioned to Mediate the Gulf Crisis

Washington D.C. - King Salman’s visit to Morocco beginning July 24 comes amid an unprecedented diplomatic crisis gripping the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). On June...

Why Morocco Chose to Be Neutral on the Gulf Crisis

GCC Leaders, including Emir of Qatar with King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Washington - Morocco’s decision to send planes loaded with food to Qatar came under fire this past week as people criticized the move in...

How the New US Appropriations Bill Supports Morocco in Western Sahara

Rabat - United States president Donald Trump signed a fiscal law on Friday, approved by the US Congress, which allows Morocco to use funds...

Moroccan Phosphates: Why South Africa’s Move Violates International Law

Rabat - A South African court has issued an order on Wednesday to hold a vessel carrying 50,000 tons of Moroccan phosphates. The court...

UNSC Resolution on Western Sahara Sets New Course, Positive for Morocco

New York - The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Friday afternoon to adopt Resolution 2351 regarding the Western Sahara. Originally scheduled to take place Thursday,...

UN Report: Will Guterres Adopt a New Approach on Western Sahara

Rabat - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, released the UN's annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara on Monday....

Guterres Calls on UNSC to Urge Polisario to Withdraw from Guerguerat

New York - The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has released his much-anticipated annual report entitled “The Situation Concerning Western Sahara.” The report commends...

South Sudan and King Mohammed VI ‘s Strong Message to Algeria...

Rabat - King Mohammed VI's new African policy reflects the Moroccan monarch's pragmatism and realism. While in the past, Morocco had adopted a disastrous...

With Morocco, AU Will No Longer Be Hijacked by Algeria and...

Rabat - Monday, January 30th was a big day for Morocco. It will go down in history as the day when Morocco made its comeback to...

Can Antonio Guterres Do a Better Job Than Ban Ki-moon?

New York - Portuguese diplomat Antonio Guterres has been officially inaugurated as the United Nations Secretary-General. From the start, Guterres will have to address...

Muslims Who Criticize Istanbul Victims on Equal Footing With ISIS

New York - Hours after the Istanbul terrorist attack that killed 39 people and injured more than 65, Moroccans and internationals alike began sharing...

EU Court Ruling: Why Morocco Should Put More Pressure on the...

New York - After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected the Polisario’s appeal against the agricultural agreement signed between Morocco and the European...

Why Morocco Must Mend Fences with Mauritania 

New York - Tension between Morocco and Mauritania has reached unprecedented levels. Although the relations between the two countries have been strained since the Mauritanian President...

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