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Last week at OCP Policy Center, three of our four areas of expertise had been covered. We were honored by the presence of Sir John Sawers, Chairman and Partner of Macro Advisory Partners and former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), who shared his analysis of the international relations' driving global forces. At the same time, Senior Fellow Rachid El Houdaigui, questions the effectiveness of the current Security and Defense Policy, that should according to him, be reframed. As long as economics is concerned, Senior Fellow Otaviano Canuto wrote on how to boost productivity in Brazil, and Sandra Polonia Rios from CINDES examined the bilateral Moroccan-Brazilian economic relationship and provided a strategy to improve them. As regards agriculture, Isabelle Tsakok discussed the measures to secure food security in Africa. Finally, we published our annual activity report in English that we invite you to read.


OCP Policy Center publishes its annual report for the year 2016, which aims to give an overview of its achievements. The report also seeks to openly share OCPPC’s analytical insights, to stimulate the thinking process about current issues, and to explore the dynamics shaping the synergy of our various activities.

Long Term Development

Long-term finance and BNDES tapering in Brazil

Otaviano Canuto and Matheus Cavallari adress in this policy brief one major policy issues in Brazil : how to boost productivity, while following a path of fiscal consolidation that will take at least a decade to bring the public-debt-to-GDP ratio back to 2000 levels (Canuto, 2016a). The productivity-boosting agenda includes not only the implementation of a full range of structural reforms, but also recovering and upgrading the national infrastructure and other long-term investments.


Podcast : Morocco-Brazil Economic Relations: Current Situation and Strategies for a Deeper Relationship

This podcast, performed by Sandra Polónia Rios (Director, CINDES), presents the outputs of the recent Research Paper produced in the framework of the OCP Policy Center partnership, on the current economic situation and strategies for a deeper relationship between Morocco and Brazil. The research paper aims to provide technical elements to support a revision of the current state of the art and to devise a strategy to improve and to deepen the bilateral economic relations.

Geopolitics and International Relations

Defense, Time For Necessary Adjustments Rachid

For Rachid El Houdaigui, the debate on defense is more relevant than ever in an evolving global context that is driven by the constant reconfiguration of geostrategic equilibriums and by the importance of the impacts of the economic and financial crisis on States’ budgets leading to pertinent questions such as: will defense policies be adapted to their future tasks? Will the military leaders’ strategists have sufficient means to effectively negotiate the adaptation process?


Event: Politics and Security in Turbulent Times

On June 13th, 2017, OCP Policy Center hosted Sir John Sawers, Chairman and Partner of Macro Advisory Partners and former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the United Kingdom for a seminar on “Politics and Security in Turbulent Times.” Sir John touched on several global changes that are changing current state of affairs. He pointed to the rise of prominence of emerging countries thanks to globalization. China, for example, is becoming a global power and a major actor in Africa. India is also set for further sustained growth. Sir John also gave his reading of current security situations in MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa and potential spillovers to Europe through migration, for instance. 


Interview with Isabelle Tsakok

Isabelle Tsakok  discusses topics such as : the fundamental measures that african countries should take into account to ensure food security, the global market forces that will likely impact on african countries, the ability to strengthen their food security, the important achievements, shortcomins and key challenges for food security policy for african countries, now and during the next decade.

Upcoming Events


June 20 - Présentation ARCADIA : l’Afrique et les marchés mondiaux de matières premières

June 30- Présentation livre 'Cohésion Sociale, Institutions et Politiques Publiques'

10 - 11 July - African Peace and Security Annual Conference - APSACO

July 17 - Assessing and Redefining Policies towards Africa in a New Global Scenario: Intersecting Perspectives between Brazil and Morocco


19 - 23 June - Advanced Training in Geopolitics & International Relations - Building Defense Capabilities and Industrial Ecosystem in MICs

03 - 07 July - Advanced Training in Economic Analysis and Management - Micro-Econometrics – Quantitative Assessment of Public Policies II









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