Is Morocco Immune to Upheaval? (Middle East Quarterly)

Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes whether Morocco can avoid the political unrest that has swept the Arab World in the wake of the 'Arab Spring.'

"Morocco's success in having thus far dodged upheaval warrants explanation for the country suffers from many of the same underlying ills that have driven the protests elsewhere—corruption, poverty, and unemployment; the overwhelming concentration of wealth in the hands of a small stratum of elite families intertwined with the authorities;[2] the absence of real democracy; and closed horizons for its large, youthful population, suffering from disproportionately high rates of unemployment and underemployment. But Morocco's starting point, in terms of its political institutions and political culture, is different in ways that provide some comparative advantages."