Samir Bennis
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Samir Bennis

Samir Bennis
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Samir Bennis is a political analyst. 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 a 150 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 New York.

How the New US Appropriations Bill Supports Morocco in Western Sahara

Donald Trump Receives New Moroccan Ambassador
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

Jacob Zuma President of South Africa, Abdelaziz Bouteflika the president of Algeria and Brahim Ghali head of Polisario Mlitia
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

UNSC Unanimously Votes to Adopt Western Sahara Resolution
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

High Commissioner António Guterres meets Saharawi women on his way to a UNHCR-funded project in Tindouf.
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...

President Salva Kiir Says There is no Parallel Between Western Sahara ad South Sudan 
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...

King Mohammed VI at the African Union Summit
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

A young woman leaves flowers outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul which was attacked by a gunman during new year celbrations on January 1, 2017. Emrah Gurel / AP Photo
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...

Morocco Ejects Polisario From a Meeting in Dakar
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 

Worrying Signs- Tensions between Morocco and Mauritania Bad for North Africa
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...

What the Appointment of Rex Tillerson Means for Morocco

New York - Contrary to the expectations of American and international observers, US President-elect, Donald Trump, appointed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. According to...

Western Sahara: ‘Democracy Now’ Ignores Facts, History to Criticize Morocco

Refugees from Western Sahara walk through a school in a refugee camp in the Tindouf reigon of south-western Algeria on October 18, 2005 (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)
New York - American NGO “Democracy Now” released a podcast on November 24 that purports to provide coverage of the Western Sahara issue.  While its...

Trump Election: Why Morocco Should Be Optimistic But Cautious

Why Donald Trump’s Victory is the Best News for Morocco
New York - The election of American billionaire Donald Trump came as surprise for American and foreign observers. As in other countries, Moroccans have followed...

The Significance of King Mohammed VI’s Historic Speech in Dakar 

King Mohammed VI from Dakar, Senegal
New York - King Mohammed VI delivered a landmark speech on Sunday, November 6 on the 41th anniversary of the Green March. That is...

Fishmonger’s Death & Foreign Media Frenzy to Draw Hasty Parallels

New York - Moroccan public opinion was shaken by the news of the tragic death of Mouhcine Fikri, a 31-year-old fishmonger on Friday in Al Houceima,...

Political Ramifications of King Mohammed VI’s East Africa Tour

Morocco-Tanzania Open ‘New Chapter’ of Bilateral Cooperation
New York - Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has begun a tour to the East African countries of Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, marking the king’s...

Western Sahara: Why Morocco Should Not Trust Sisi’s Regime

Egypt Denies Extending Invitation Polisario Delegation
New York - Moroccans were taken aback over the weekend by news that Egypt welcomed a Polisario delegation and allowed it to take part...