Rachid El Houdaïgui is a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and an Affiliate Professor at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. He also serves as a professor of International Relations at Abdelmalek Essaadi University's Law Faculty in Tangier. His expertise encompasses international relations, geopolitics, defense and security, focusing on the Mediterranean region, North Africa, and the Arab world. He also serves as a professor at the Royal College of Advanced Military Studies in Kenitra and is a visiting professor at Cergy-Pontoise University (Paris), Cadiz University (Spain), and La Sagesse University (Beirut, Lebanon).
He is the founder of the Moroccan-Spanish review "Peace and International Security" and oversees the Observatory of Mediterranean Studies at Abdelmalek Essaadi University. Since 2017, Prof. El Houdaïgui has played a pioneering role in co-piloting the African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO), a flagship event of the Policy Center, which gathers experts from military, political, academic, and civil society sectors. He also directs and co-edits the subsequent conference reports.
His research contributions have been featured in various high-profile institutions, including the NATO Defense College Foundation (2021), the Academic Journal (No. 38) of the Atlantic Centre for Defense Capacity Building (Portugal, 2020), and the Brazilian REPATS Journal of Studies and Advanced Research on the Third Sector (2019). He is a regular contributor to Policy Center for the New South research, authoring numerous papers on subjects like defense, security, armed forces, and conflicts. For the years 2022-2023, he served on the Committee of African experts responsible for revising the African Union's "Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development 2006" strategy.