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Professor Saloua Zerhouni

Saloua Zerhouni is a political scientist; she is a professor at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She teaches in the school of juridical, economic and social sciences and received her PhD from Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco. She was a research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin and participated in a project on strengthening the Moroccan parliament with the Center for International Development of the State University of New York, funded by USAID. Prof. Zerhouni has done extensive work on elites as agents of change and theories of political transformation, Islamist movements and political parties in Morocco. She has extensive experience with collaborative research projects e.g. within the framework of a comparative project on elite change at the SWP (Berlin). Between 2004 and 2005, she coordinated a project with the German Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, Rabat, aiming at elaborating Moroccan scenarios in 2025. She organised meetings with key intellectuals and leaders and moderate ten roundtables with intellectuals from different political parties and organizations (right, center, left, Islamists, Amazighs). She wrote and edited a report on: "A Discussion about the Future: Moroccan Scenarios in 2025", published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Rabat, Morocco 2006.

Mohammed V University was established in 1995, it offers multidisciplinary academic training for students in the fields of juridical, economic, social sciences, management, humanities, education, health and engeneering. The university has partnerships at the regional, national and international levels, with their main objectives being the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and developmental research.

Prof. Zerhouni will hire two staff members in order to assist with the collection and analysis of data. Both staff members are PhD students at the University and have research experience. In the first phase of the Issue Area "Political Governance", the team will focus on new political actors and emerging elites in southern Mediterranean countries to develop in the second phase scenarios of stabilisation and transformation. Hence, the third phase of the EuroMed 2025 project will profit significantly from her expertise and experience in civil society promotion and civic education.

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Université de Mohamed V., Morocco

Recent relevant publications:
  • Zerhouni, S. (2004): Morocco: Reconciling Change and Continuity, in Perthes, Volker (ed.), Arab Elites, Negotiating the Politics of Change, Lynn Rieners: Boulder, Co.
  • Lust-Okar, E. / Zerhouni, S. (2008): Political Participation in the Middle East, Lynne Rienner.
  • Zerhouni, S. (2006): A Discussion about the Future: Moroccan Scenarios in 2025, report published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Rabat, Morocco.
  • Maghraoui, D. / Zerhouni, S. (2005): Western Pressure for Promoting Democracy in Morocco: Perceptions and Reactions, in Faath Sigrid (Ed.), Demokratisierung durch Externen Druck? Perspektiven Politischen Wandels in Nordafrika/Nahost, Hamburg: Deutsches Orient-Institut.
  • Zerhouni, S. (2009): Mediterranean Politics in Morocco: Actors and Strategies. (An article to be published in an edited volume, John Robert, Henry and Isabel Schäfer, Mediterranean Politics from Above and from Below, forthcoming 2009)


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