APSACO 2021 - Report Presentation: Annual Report on Africa’s Geopolitics / CLOSING REMARKS

June 23, 2021

The Policy Center for the New South is launching the fourth edition of the Annual Report of Africa’s Geopolitics. This new edition will focus on the continent’s socio-political and security situation in 2020. This year's retrospective work on Africa aims not only to recount last years’ highlights, but also to detect trends and weak signals, through diverse analyses, so as to forecast future developments on the continent. The book gives a voice to African authors to develop an African narrative on the continent’s affairs. The aim of this publication is not to give Africa an artificial embellishment; however, its ambition is to describe Africa as it is; with its setbacks, but also its progress, ambitions, and opportunities. The report is in line with the Policy Center’s vision of a new South; a South that is aware of its limitations and vulnerabilities, yet strong because of its potential, means, and genius. This vision also advocates for the South to position itself in an ever-changing world. ------ Moderator: Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South Speakers: - Nezha Chekrouni, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South - Rachid El houdaigui, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South CLOSING REMARKS - Rachid El Houdaigui, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South - Karim El Aynaoui, Executive President, Policy Center for the New South

Abdelhak Bassou
Senior Fellow
Abdelhak Bassou is Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, Member of its Editorial & Research Oversight Steering Committee, and Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Governance, Economic and Social Sciences (FGSES) of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P).   Specializing in security, strategy and defense studies, he previously occupied several offices within the Directorate General of the Moroccan National Security where he was Borders’ Division Chief from 1978 to 1993. He was appointed Director of the Royal Institute of Police in 1998, before serving as the Chief of Regional Security in Errachidia from 1999 to 2003, and Sidi Kacem from 2003 to 2005. In 2006, he became Head of the Central General Intelligence until 2009. Bassou contributed to the o ...
Khalid Chegraoui
Senior Fellow
Khalid Chegraoui is Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and Vice Dean of Political Sciences and International Relations at the Faculty of Governance, Economic and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI University.  He began his teaching and research career in 1992 as a Research Assistant Professor at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University in Fez after earning his first doctorate in African Studies from the Mohammed V University in Rabat focusing on West Sub-Saharan Africa. He also earned a Doctorate of State in African Studies from the same University in 2002, where he focused on Contemporary West Africa, in 2003 he became Professor of History and Political Anthropology at the Institute of African Studies, Mohammed V University, consultant on African and Middle Ea ...
Nouzha Chekrouni
Senior Fellow
Dr. Nouzha Chekrouni is a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South. She has extensive experience in academia, diplomacy and political leadership.  She has served as His Majesty’s Ambassador to Canada (2009-2016), and Dean of the Council of Arab League Ambassadors to Canada (2015-2016). Dr. Chekrouni was Minister for the Moroccan Community Living Abroad (2002-2007), a Member of Parliament (2002-2007), and the Minister for Women and Social Issues (1998-2002). She holds a Bachelor Degree from the Philological Faculty at the University of Fez, a Post-Graduate Diploma and a PhD in Linguistics from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Dr. Chekrouni has also completed a Certificate in Ethics and International Relations at Harvard University. She is a 2016 Senior F ...
Rachid El Houdaigui
Senior Fellow
Rachid El Houdaïgui is Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and professor of International Relations at Abdelmalek Essaadi University,Tangier's Law Faculty, who focuses on International relations, geopolitics, Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Arab world. He is also professor at Royal College of Advanced Military Studies (Kenitra) and visiting professor at Cergy-Pontoise University (Paris), Cadix University (Spain) and at La Sagesse University (Beirut, Lebanon). EL Houdaïgui is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with International relations and geopolitics: the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Arab world. Also, he is co-director of the Moroccan-Spanish review “Peace and International Security” and in charge of the Observatory of Medit ...
Karim El Aynaoui
Executive President
Executive President of the Policy Center for the New South; Executive Vice-President of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Dean of its Social Sciences, Economics and Humanities Cluster.   Karim El Aynaoui is an Economist. From 2005 to 2012, he worked at the Central Bank of Morocco where he held the position of Director of Economics, Statistics and International Relations. At the Central Bank of Morocco, he was in charge of the Research Department and equally a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Previously, he worked for eight years at the World Bank as an Economist for its regional units of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as Africa.   Karim El Aynaoui has published books and journal articles on macroeconomic issues in developing countries. His rece ...


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