THE MAGHREB CENTER: Fostering Understanding and Development of North Africa and the Sahel
The Maghreb Center was formed in 2006 as an independent, volunteer-driven, non-profit (501c3) educational and research organization (an academic think tank), based in Washington DC, by US scholars and development practitioners focused on North Africa to promote, and contribute to better knowledge and understanding of current social, political, security, economic, and environmental issues, initially of the five countries of North Africa, also known as the Maghreb: Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Later, in response to growing regional interdependence, the Sahel region was added, including Mali, Niger and Northern Nigeria, Chad, Sudan and South Sudan, Senegal, and Burkina Faso.
In the pursuit of its mission, the Center organizes, in partnership with universities and think tanks in the Washington DC area, including Georgetown, Johns Hopkins-SAIS, and George Mason, as well as Brookings and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, various events, such as conferences, seminars, lectures and round-tables; and issues free online publications, comprising Thematic Dossiers, the Maghreb Center Blog, and the Maghreb Center Student Blog.
The Maghreb Center is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. For its funding, the Center relies on its members’ contributions, donations and research grants. In 2021, the Maghreb Center became a volunteer unincorporated nonprofit association.