Layers of security: The security sector and power struggle in Morocco

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© 2018 by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies. All rights reserved. Morocco's security sector is a fundamental component of the regime of power in the country. The legitimacy and structure of the security forces has evolved over time, reflecting changing balances within the power struggle among competing elites, but also to a certain degree the international political and normative context. Controlling the meanings of “security,” as well as the coercive resources the security sector provides, has been paramount in the consolidation of the current regime. This article shows the importance of official narratives on security and their evolution over the course of Morocco's history after its independence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-124
JournalContemporary Arab Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Army
  • Morocco
  • Power struggle
  • Securitization
  • Security sector reform
  • Terrorism


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