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And now for something totally different…Morocco

And now for something totally different…MoroccoOver the last few weeks—and surely in the weeks and months to come—speculation abounds about the effect recent events in Tunisia and Egypt will have on Morocco. After such dramatic occurrences, interregional comparisons are inevitable and this is not a bad thing if done in an informed, thoughtful way. (There’s an interesting perspective on this tendency to “compare” from this week’s La Vie Eco.) On the one hand, Morocco is neither Tunisia nor Egypt—most certainly in terms of leadership, political stability and the level of socio-economic engagement between civil society and the government. However, Morocco does not exist in a bubble and the incidents of its neighbors will (and should) bring about a heightened level of self-critique about the reforms underway in the country.

So, what makes the Moroccan case different and why should we expect that the response to the wave of reform coming from Tunis and Cairo won’t be met with the same chaos and disruption in Rabat? An insightful article on today’s “Congress Blog” in The Hill on the “Moroccan exception” tells us why. Good read, so check it out.



Calvin Dark

Calvin Dark is an international policy and strategic communications professional based in Washington, DC. For more than 10 years, he has advised US and international bodies and organizations, primarily focusing on political, economic and cultural relations with Latin America, Western Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Calvin is also a social media enthusiast trying to connect the world one tweet, post and #hashtag at a time.

Calvin was a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco where he conducted research on civil society’s role in increasing transparency and public confidence in Morocco’s government institutions and services. Calvin received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Duke University and has studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Paris, France. He speaks French, Spanish, Arabic and English (North Carolina’s special dialect.)

Calvin is also passionate about Southern storytelling and oral histories and is the author of Tales From My Dark Side [], a collection of stories about the Darks, a central North Carolina family and their unique ways of reconciling the complex notions of race, community and family.

Anything else? Oh yea, he loves to spin and is a spin instructor.

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