Dr. Abdelhak Azzouzi is a Moroccan professor of international relations and political science, an academic and scholar. He has founded and chaired several development and research centers and institutions, including the Schools of Hope Association and the Moroccan Center for Interdisciplinary Strategic and International Studies (CMIESI). CMIESI has contributed to establishing a number of global forums, producing internationally-acclaimed publications and creating development programs with an international dimension. Such programs include the Euro-Mediterranean University (the establishment of which was ratified by all 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean), and the GERCA African Research Group affiliated with the Institute of Political Science at the University of Toulouse.
Dr. Abdelhak Azzouzi holds a diploma in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Toulouse, France. He is also a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Sharia at L’Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez, Morocco, is an Advisory Member of several international organizations, and has received a number of international awards and decorations, including the Order of Arts and Letters awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, and the PAM Prize, as awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM); in addition to having been honored by Abbas Al-Jarrari with a commemorative shield that was presented to him during a recent information security and society conference. Dr. Abdelhak Azzouzi also heads the Mediterranean Award for Thought.
He has produced several acclaimed publications including: Why have the Arabs Failed while Others have Advanced? The Roots of Tyranny and the Seeds of the Renaissance (2015), and Morocco’s New Constitutionalism in Light of the Arab Spring (in French, with André Cabanis). He supervised the publication of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Moroccan Yearbook of Strategy and International Relations published by L’Harmattan in Arabic, English and French, and nine volumes on cultural diversity and the alliance of civilizations in 2010. In addition, Dr. Azzouzi has also authored a book in French on authoritarianism and the mechanisms of democratic transition in the Arab Maghreb countries.