© 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 firstname.lastname@example.org b) Professor of International Relations & International Management, Director of Research in Geopolitics email@example.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
Perspectives on Global Development and Technology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: ECONOMIC REFORMS; ISLAMISM; POLITICAL TRANSITION; SOCIAL CHANGE; WOMEN STATUS; HUMAN RIGHTS; AUTHORITARIANISM
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