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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.

Bolton Is Unlikely to Change US Position on Western Sahara

Washington D.C. - As the UN General Assembly approaches, there have been many reports in Moroccan media concerned that Morocco’s position on Western Sahara...

FIFA Assassinates Morocco’s World Cup Hopes Twice

Rabat - Once again FIFA’s referees showed how biased they are against Morocco. After depriving it of the use of VAR in at least...

FIFA Assassinated Morocco’s Hope in Russia 2018 World Cup

Washington D.C - Moroccans are crying foul against the Federation Internationale of Football Association (FIFA) and demand explanations for the non-use of the VAR system...

Morocco Should Reconsider Alliance with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Washington D.C - Last Wednesday, June 13, Moroccans were disheartened to see their country lose the race to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Millions...

Military Parade in Tifariti: Polisario Shoots Itself in the Foot

Washington D.C. - Less than a month after the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2414, Polisario has announced that it will celebrate the 45th...

South Africa’s Morocco About-Face, a Gesture of Solidarity Toward Iran

Washington D.C. - South Africa made an unexpected about-face last week when it retracted its support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. After it...

Security Council Extends MIUNRSO’s Mandate, Pressures the Polisario

Rabat - The Security Council adopted on Friday afternoon a new resolution extending MINURSO's mandate for six months until October 31, 2018. Unlike last...

Russian Support for Morocco on Western Sahara Illusory

Washington D.C. - Russia blocked the U.N. Security Council’s adoption of the draft resolution on the Western Sahara on Wednesday. While the move was...

Security Council Draft Resolution Pressures Polisario to Abide by the Ceasefire

Washington D.C. - It appears that Morocco’s diplomatic strategy to mobilize support for its position on the Western Sahara is starting to bear fruit....

Western Sahara: Why Morocco Can Declare the Ceasefire Null and Void

Washington D.C. - Since April 1 Morocco has launched an unprecedented diplomatic offensive to mobilize support for its position on the Western Sahara. Morocco...

Why There Will Be no War Between Morocco and the Polisario

Washington D.C. - Since the meeting of the interior and foreign affairs ministers with the joint committee of the parliament in charge of foreign...

UN Chief’s Western Sahara Report a Breath of Fresh Air for...

Washington D.C. - United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, released the advanced copy of his much-anticipated annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara, which...

Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement: Moroccan Diplomacy Should Show More Resolve

Washington DC - Moroccan diplomacy suffered two blows in the first two months of 2018. After the African Union adopted a communique that went...

The Simplistic Narrative of Anti-Arabic in Morocco’s Educational System

New York - In reading the comments recently of several Moroccan intellectuals on the need to reform Morocco’s educational system, I was surprised to...

Gun Ownership & Immigration: U.S Real Enemy Comes Not From Outside...

Washington D.C. - The shooting that took place on Wednesday in Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 innocent children, is yet another tragedy...

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...

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