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“The Great Witness” conference cycle, by Le360: Algeria, the Sahel and the future of Africa as seen by Bernard Lugan

A renowned Africanist scholar, Bernard Lugan is the first guest of the series of conferences “The Great Witness”, initiated by Le360. The event will take place on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Casablanca. At the heart of the debates, the Morocco-Algeria crisis, tensions in the Sahel and the future of the African continent.

Le360, the leading Moroccan information site, is launching a cycle of conferences, “Le Grand Witness”, dedicated to the major issues of the day, of interest to Morocco and the world, with the participation of great personalities, intellectuals and of renowned political, economic, social, cultural and sporting actors.

“The Great Witness” is intended to be a contribution to public debate and a way to shed new and relevant light on themes that Le360 considers important, sometimes necessary, with regard to Morocco’s present and its future.

First guest in the framework of this new cycle, Bernard Lugan, a reference Africanist academic, great connoisseur of both the continent and the Kingdom, as well as its close neighbours, in this case Algeria. Scheduled for last June, the inaugural conference has been postponed, our guest having been prevented due to Covid-19. Appointment is thus made for Monday, October 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency hotel, in Casablanca.

Among the themes that will be discussed during this event is Algeria, a country in the grip of a deep identity, political and social crisis and for which Morocco is often used as an escape from internal problems. The tensions in the Sahel region and the challenges that Africa is currently facing will also, among other things, be at the heart of the exchanges.

Bernard Lugan’s knowledge and insights on these subjects are unparalleled. Having grown up in Meknes, where he did all his primary studies and part of his secondary education, Bernard Lugan was an expert with the ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda-UN), professor at the Ecole de guerre (Paris) and at the Military School of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan.

He directs the online magazine “Afrique Réelle” and is the author of some forty books devoted to Africa, including North African history, History of Egypt and History of Libya.

Also author of the book History of Morocco from its origins to the present daypublished by Ellipses and reissued several times, Bernard Lugan intervened with the Council of Foreign Relations on the subject of Morocco’s historical rights in the Sahara issue.

He writes a weekly column for Le360.

This conference will be hosted and moderated by Rachid Achachi, geopolitical consultant, speaker and columnist.

A registration system will shortly be put in place for those wishing to take part in this conference.


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