The Maghreb: Social, Political, and Economic Developments

The Maghreb: Social, Political, and Economic Developments © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156914907X207757 PGDT 6 (2007) 261-290 www.brill.nl/pgdt Perspectives on Global Development and Technology P g d t Th e Maghreb: Social, Political, and Economic Developments Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche a and Yahia Zoubir b a) Assistant Professor, University of Algiers aitdris@gmail.com b) Professor of International Relations & International Management, Director of Research in Geopolitics yahia.zoubir@euromed-marseille.com Abstract Due to its geographical position, events in the Middle East, the Sahel, and Europe have conse- quential effects on the Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia). Hence, recent eco- nomic, political, and cultural changes are more or less inspired or encouraged by those developments taking place in the surrounding environment. Together with Mauritania, the four countries founded in 1989 the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), which aimed at regional integra- tion. Unfortunately, the UMA remains a distant wish; the conflict over Western Sahara and the political differences between Algeria and Morocco have prevented the UMA’s advance. Each Maghrebi country witnessed particular events and reacted differently to identical stimuli. Undoubtedly, the countries’ distinctive historical experiences provide a valuable under- standing of the internal logic of the processes they have undergone and the way they sought to tackle them. Th is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Brill

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156914907X207757 PGDT 6 (2007) 261-290 www.brill.nl/pgdt Perspectives on Global Development and Technology P g d t Th e Maghreb: Social, Political, and Economic Developments Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche a and Yahia Zoubir b a) Assistant Professor, University of Algiers aitdris@gmail.com b) Professor of International Relations & International Management, Director of Research in Geopolitics yahia.zoubir@euromed-marseille.com Abstract Due to its geographical position, events in the Middle East, the Sahel, and Europe have conse- quential effects on the Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia). Hence, recent eco- nomic, political, and cultural changes are more or less inspired or encouraged by those developments taking place in the surrounding environment. Together with Mauritania, the four countries founded in 1989 the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), which aimed at regional integra- tion. Unfortunately, the UMA remains a distant wish; the conflict over Western Sahara and the political differences between Algeria and Morocco have prevented the UMA’s advance. Each Maghrebi country witnessed particular events and reacted differently to identical stimuli. Undoubtedly, the countries’ distinctive historical experiences provide a valuable under- standing of the internal logic of the processes they have undergone and the way they sought to tackle them. Th is

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Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: ECONOMIC REFORMS; ISLAMISM; POLITICAL TRANSITION; SOCIAL CHANGE; WOMEN STATUS; HUMAN RIGHTS; AUTHORITARIANISM

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