Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A Renewed Interest on North Africa
Interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor about the upcoming list of electoral contests in the Maghreb in 2009. Algeria is having its one sided presidential elections this week, Morocco is undergoing municipal elections in June and Tunisia is holding general elections in October. However, as Dana Moss observes, these elections are not indicative of the region's electoral competitiveness, but to the extreme careful regime manipulation of the political systems. Moss also points out to the uneven U.S. strategy towards the region, as it continues to support Morocco through an $110 million assistance strategy plan, while ignoring Algeria and Tunisia's rising socio-economic problems.