Annual Conference 2008: Maghreb Development, Strategic Resources and the Environment in a Globalized World

Annual Conference 2008: Maghreb Development, Strategic Resources and the Environment in a Globalized World

(Video from the conference can be viewed here.)

Location Georgetown University Intercultural Center Auditorium
Date: April 21, 2008, 9am to 4:30pm
RSVP requested:

Introduction & Keynote: 9:00am / 9:30am

  • Néjib Ayachi, President Maghreb Center
  • Stephen J. King, Vice-President, Maghreb Center
  • Alan Richards, University of California at Santa Cruz, Honorary Chair & Keynote Speaker (download presentation)

Panel 1: 9:30am -11am : Energy: Oil, Gas, and Renewable Energies

With oil prices hovering above $100 a barrel, what is the impact on Maghreb economies, on oil-exporting as well as oil-deprived states such as Morocco and to a certain extend Tunisia? How can the latter benefit from the intensive interest in renewable and non-fossil sources of energy? What are the prospects for regional cooperation in the field of energy?

1. Oil and gas

  • General update on the hydrocarbon sector in Algeria, Libya and Mauritania; and an analysis of its contribution to a broader development strategy. 
    Ben Cahill,
     Manager at PFC, an energy consulting firm specializing in the financial, strategic, commercial, political aspects of the int’l oil, gas and power industry
  • Oil in Algeria’s political economy and its broader development strategy.
    Azzedine Layachi, Associate Professor, Government Dept., St. John’s University
  • Libya’s Oil Economy and its broader development strategy.
    Dirk Vanderwalle,
     Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

2. Alternative energies

  • Maghrebi countries, especially Morocco and Tunisia, are developing alternative sources of energy (solar, wind, etc.). What is their strategy? How successful are they (prospects)?
    Richard Moore
     (Dept. of Energy). Alternative energies in a globalized world with focus on Maghrebi countries

11:00 Break

Panel 2: 11:15-12:45 – Water and the Environment

  • Land Degradation and Desertification Causes and Solutions
    Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou (Chair), Research Professor,
    Department of Geosciences, Coordinator Research Programs, Center for Environmental Studies, Adjunct Professor, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University
    How have issues of land degradation and desertification affected the economic development of the region? What are some practical solutions to the problem of land degradation and desertification? What are the policy priorities which need to be addressed by the countries of the Maghreb?
  • Water and Rural Development
    Mrs. Julia Bucknall, Lead Natural Resources Management Specialist
    The World Bank, MENA Region

    Is there a serious water shortage in the Maghreb? How does it affect the people of the region? Do water shortages affect some more than others? How does drought affect the food supply/food security of the region? What irrigation policies are in place to ensure the availability of water for agriculture and domestic consumption? What can the countries of the region do about it?
  • Poverty, Rural Development and the Environment
    Dr. Len Berry, Director Center for Environmental Studies, Distinguished Research Professor Florida Atlantic University

    What policies and environmental issues have contributed to rural poverty? How can the Maghreb countries collectively as well as individually remedy the problem of poverty? How could rural development contribute to the alleviation of poverty?

1:00-2:30: Luncheon with Distinguished Guests (Meet the Ambassadors of the Five Maghrebi Countries). By Invitation Only

Panel 3: 2:30- 4:30 – Economic Development of the Maghreb and the Global Economy

This panel examines current trends in Maghrebi countries economic development in relation to the global economy, focusing on relations with their major trading partners, Europe and the US, with an emphasize on oil and gas and other natural resources in the case of Algeria, Libya and Mauritania; and other sectors in the case of Morocco and Tunisia -particularly those affected by issues of energy, and water (such as agricultural exports, and tourism), renewable energies, etc.

  • The Barcelona Process and the Maghrebi countries.
    William Zartman,
     Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution and Director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)
  • Tunisia in the Global Economy, focusing on trade relations with Europe & the US.Clement M. Henry, Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
  • Morocco in the Global Economy, focusing on trade relations with Europe & the US. 
    Abdessalem Maghraoui,
     Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Scholar at Duke University
  • Maghreb Integration and the Global Economy. 
    Stuart Eizenstat
    , Former Deputy Treasury Secretary, Former under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and author of the Eizenstat Initiative for Maghreb economic integration (download presentation)

Closing Remarks


   The Maghreb Center: Fostering Understanding and Development of the Maghreb

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