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Hicham Ben Abdallah, MA  
Consulting Professor (former)

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Stanford University
Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055


Research Interests
politics of the transition from authoritarianism to democracy


Hicham Ben Abdallah received his B.A. in Politics in 1985 from Princeton University, and his M.A. in Political Science from Stanford in 1997. His interest is in the politics of the transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

He has lectured in numerous universities and think tanks in North America and Europe. His work for the advancement of peace and conflict resolution has brought him to Kosovo as a special Assistant to Bernard Kouchner, and to Nigeria and Palestine as an election observer with the Carter Center. He has published in journals such Le Monde,  Le Monde Diplomatique, Pouvoirs, Le Debat, The Journal of Democracy, The New York Times, El Pais, and El Quds.

In 2010 he has founded the Moulay Hicham Foundation which conducts social science research on the MENA region. He is also an entrepreneur with interests in agriculture, real estate, and renewable energies. His company, Al Tayyar Energy, has a number of clean energy projects in Asia and Europe. 


News around the web

Prince of Morocco, political activist, environmental crusader
(interview) Q. The Moulay Hicham Foundation for Social Science Research on North Africa and the Middle East has highlighted and helped organize seminars such as the one that took place at Stanford University this past May. What has been the actual impact of ...
October 14, 2011 in Yale Daily News

Audience questions Moroccan prince
The Arab Spring came under scrutiny Monday night as 100 students, faculty and community members gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall at Yale University to hear a prince of Morocco speak about developments in the Middle East.
October 11, 2011 in Yale Daily News

The Arab World's Cultural Challenge
Hicham Ben Abdallah El Alaoui is a board member of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; scholar at the Center on Democracy, ...
August 5, 2010 in Middle East Online