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Le ‘’Printemps arabe’’ : analyse des conséquences, 7 ans après

Mokhtar Ghailani | Posted : July 02, 2018

Le tout dernier ouvrage qui vient d’être publié par l’OCP Policy Center, intitulé « Mutations politiques comparées au Maghreb et au Machrek, 7 ans après le ‘’Printemps arabe’’ », a fait l’objet d’une présentation au public, organisée le 27 juin 2018, à la Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Sociales de l’Université Mohammed V-Agdal- Rabat.  Mr Abdellah Saaf, qui a supervisé l’ouvrage, a ainsi partagé avec l’assistance de l’Amphi I la raison d’être de cette nouvelle publication et, surtout, l’esprit qui a présidé à son élaboration. Et le résultat est « une mine d’information », mais aussi et surtout, d’analyses signées par la pléiade d’experts et d’analystes qui ont pris part à l’oeuvre.

The Lethal Legacy of Nuclear might

Helmut Sorge | Posted : June 29, 2018

Not far from highway 95, near a town named Lathrop Wells, only one establishment, besides the petrol station, was known to the rough cowboys and joyless soldiers of the nearby nuclear testing site, and that was “Mabel’s whore house”, advertised as such without shame and ready to accept credit cards. Luigi Raugi, a legal immigrant (from Sicily), as it is wise to insist these repressing days of  American immigrant bashing, was running the local drugstore and really excited, as were those two  dozen hospitable ladies, about the dramatic changes announced by the government in Washington: six miles from their dusty town, which had long been deserted by birds and their friendly chatter, replaced by the engine noise of heavy trucks and an occasional underground nuclear test, America had finally decided that the 70,000 tons of toxic, highly radioactive, nuclear trash, gathered in 80 different locations in 35 states, would finally be dumped into deep tunnels in the Yucca mountains, a remote area centered in a military zone, where the U.S. in early cold war days had released nuclear clouds, deliberately, upon GIs in maneuvers and civilians breathing nearby, possibly the ladies of “Marble’s” as well, radiated by radioactive overdoses, eventually dying of cancer. When I went to report about progress and hope in the mountains for the first time (in 1990), the gigantic project, which was estimated to cost initially eight billion dollars, and once completed and filled to capacity, 120 billion, I was able to climb the hill of hope, the most expensive mountain in the U.S., observe the distant desert, visit the outline of the construction site, but there was no activity - the state of Nevada, whose legendary gambling city Las Vegas was just 100 miles away, had opposed the site, claiming possible earthquakes or biblical floods could tear open the mountains, liberate the lethal legacy of nuclear might, including the hulls of contaminated submarines. 

Jihad au Sahel : recul ou extension ?

Sabine Cessou | Posted : June 28, 2018

Qui sont les groupes jihadistes actifs dans le Sahel, vaste région de 3 millions de kilomètres carrés ? Quels sont leurs objectifs, leurs moyens d'action et comment évoluent-ils ? Quelles sont les solutions en cours pour faire face à ces groupes ?  Les experts réunis lors du séminaire sur le Jihad au Sahel, organisé le 20 juin à Rabat par l’OCP Policy Center, ont tenté de répondre à ces questions. 

Opérations de Maintien de la Paix en Afrique : Identifier les insuffisances pour "mieux faire"

Mokhtar Ghailani | Posted : June 21, 2018

Les panels programmés durant la deuxième journée de la conférence APSACO (le 19 juin) ont été consacrés aux principales priorités à traiter pour assurer la réussite des Opérations de Maintien de la Paix (OMP), notamment la protection des populations civiles et le renforcement des capacités des soldats de la paix. 

War of words in Canada

Helmut Sorge | Posted : June 21, 2018

"We have concluded a really tremendously successful G7"

It was a war of words. Written words first, which darkened the spirit of history, questioned treaties, laws, economic stability, diplomacy and the wisdom and limit of politics. In other words, the political system, democracy itself was suddenly questioned, as well as prosperity. Predictability started to unravel because the unperturbed President of the United States believes in chaos and in the arrogance of power. Philosophical, political reflections are reduced to sound bites. Would the economies of the world now be threatened, drawn into turmoil? 

Peacekeeping operations in Africa: political reforms at stake

Sabine Cessou | Posted : June 19, 2018

The second edition of the African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO), organized in Rabat by OCP Policy Center, has started on June 18th with a broad debate on the political and strategic aspects of peacekeeping operations in Africa.

ليبيا: من الجحيم إلى النعيم؟

الأمين ولد سالم | Posted : June 13, 2018

خلال القمة التي عقدها الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون في قصر الإليزيه بباريس في 29 مايو 2018، صادق الفاعلون الرئيسيون الأربعة في الأزمة الليبية على "الإعلان السياسي بشأن ليبيا" الذي ينص على إجراء انتخابات برلمانية ورئاسية في 10 ديسمبر القادم. هذه الوثيقة "التاريخية"، كما جاء على لسان الرئيس الفرنسي، تظل مهددة بالتعقيدات التي تطبع الأوضاع على أرض الواقع في ليبيا.

Libya: After hell, heaven ?

Lemine Ould Salem | Posted : June 13, 2018

On 29 May 2018, at the Summit organized by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris, the four main players in the Libyan crisis approved a "Political Declaration on Libya" calling for the organization of both legislative and presidential elections on 10 December next. This "historic" text, as described by the French Head of State, is nevertheless in jeopardy given the complexity of the current situation in Libya.