Professor Nickels Examines Morocco’s Engagement with the Sahel Community

By Benjamin P. Nickels
Updated: 01/04/2013

marrakech_security_forum“The Arab Spring opened up new partnership opportunities for Morocco,” according to Dr. Benjamin P. Nickels, Associate Professor of Transnational Threats and Counter-terrorism at the Africa Center.

“The Arab Spring’s echoes in sub-Saharan Africa are more complex than initially imagined” Professor Nickels wrote in Sada, an online publication by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that publishes bilingual analyses of political change and reform trends in the Arab world. “The transitions in North Africa may set the stage for new forms of security cooperation in the Sahel,” he wrote. “A prime example is the upcoming January 2013 meeting of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in N’djamena, Chad, where Morocco will likely continue its steps to take command of the organization.”

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