In 1999, Mohammed VI ascended the Moroccan throne, ushering in a new era in Moroccan governance. Since that time, there have been progress and setbacks. In recent years great strides have been made in the areas of women’s rights, the Amazigh cultural movement, and tourism. Meanwhile, free expression is on the decline, and the conflict over the Western Sahara has nearly reached its tipping point. While observers might disagree on the achievements and failures of the past decade, many seem to think that 2010 might prove to be a turning point for the country under the rule of Mohammed VI. What are the dreams, hopes and fears for 2010? And from our authors’ perspective will 2010 be a defining year for Morocco?
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Morocco and February 20, 2011