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Ali Anouzla and Aboubakr Jamaï


The Cost of Authoritarianism: Beyond Dominant Narratives on the Western Sahara Roundtable

[In this photo released by the Moroccan Royal Palace Morocco's King Mohammed VI right talks with Ahmeddou Ould Souilem Minister of the Presidency former member of the Polisario Front rebel movement, left, as Morocco's Interior Minister Chakib Ben Moussa, center, looks on at the Marchane Palace in Tangiers Thursday, 30 July 2009, on the occasion of the king's tenth anniversary accession to the throne. Image by AP Photo/Royal Palace/HO.]

[This is one of seven pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the Western Sahara. Moderated by Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus, it features contributions from John P. Entelis, Stephen Zunes, Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Anouzla, Allison L. McManus, Samia Errazzouki, and Andrew McConnell.] The Moroccan regime's reaction and that of its supporters’ to the United States' attempt to extend the United Nations Mission for the ...

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Ali Anouzla and Aboubakr Jamaï

Ali Anouzla is an independent Moroccan Journalist who has worked in many Arabic media institutions. He founded and contributed to the founding of many journalstic experiments in Morocco (newspapers and electronic outlets). Ali has many writings in Moroccan and foreign electronic outlets about political issues and about the case of the Sahara, specifically. He is editor-in-chief of Lakome.

Aboubakr Jamaï is currently a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow with the Bosch Foundation in Berlin. He is the co-editor of the Moroccan news website  Jamaï began his career in finance, co-founding Morocco's first independent investment bank in 1993. After two years advising international emerging market funds with holdings in North Africa, the company, Upline Securities, became the first Moroccan-based bank ever selected to manage a privatization project in Morocco. In 1996, M. Jamaï joined the Executive Secretariat_ of the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit as a financial and economic adviser. This organization was set up by the sponsors of the Middle East peace process to foster economic cooperation in the region. From 1997 to 2007, Jamaï was the publisher and editor the leading Moroccan newsweekly, Le Journal hebdomadaire. In 2008 he was a visiting Scholar at the University of San Diego where he taught courses on Political Islam and Politics in The Middle East. His articles were published in The New York Times, Time Magazine, El Pais, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique. Aboubakr Jamaï won the Committee To Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award in 2003. In January 2008, he won the first Newhouse School of communication at Syracuse University’s “Tully Center Free Speech Award”. In December 2010, he won the Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). M. Jamaï has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for 2005.  He was a Yale World Fellow in 2004 at Yale University. He was a Nieman Fellow in 2007 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and a Mason Fellow in 2008 at Harvard University. M. Jamaï holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.