External Publications

Jul 30, 2019

Socio-Economic Development and Violent Extremism in Morocco: Morocco’s Regional Policy, Migration and (De-)Radicalization

Perspectives from the Region and Europe

In response to recent destabilization posed by violent extremist groups, Morocco has pursued a highly security-based approach. Though successful, ongoing socio-economic challenges fuel radicalization. Due to this, some demand the government prioritize greater domestic engagement instead of regional investment and economic integration in Sub-Saharan Africa. These authors analyze Morocco’s strategy to prevent and counter violent extremism, and assess the implications of recent regional policies.



The following papers were written by participants of the workshop “Promotion of Think Tank Work on Violent Extremism and Morocco's Regional Policy in Sub-Sahara Africa as well as the MENA Region” organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Middle East and North Africa Program in the winter of 2018 and spring of 2019. The workshop is part of the program’s project on the promotion of think tank work in the Middle East and North Africa, which aims to strengthen the scientific and technical capacities of civil society actors in the region and the EU who are engaged in research and policy analysis and advice. It is realized with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa e.V.).

The content of the papers does not reflect the opinion of the DGAP. Responsibility for the information and views expressed herein lies entirely with the authors.


Clarisse Anceau, Tachfine Baida, Hamdi Echkaou, Driss El Ghazouani, Meriem El Haitami, Abdelouahed Eloufir, Ingrid Heidlmayr-Chegdaly, Salim Hmimnat, Zilvinas Svedkauskas, Gün Ünal, and Lisa Watanabe

Edited by

Dina Fakoussa and Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid