Moroccan prince to deliver the Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture at Yale

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah of Morocco will give the annual Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on Tuesday, April 12.

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah

The talk, “The Arab Spring Reloaded,” will start at 4:30 p.m. in Henry R. Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The lecture, sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, is free and open to the public.

The Prince, also known as Hicham Alaoui, is the grandson of the late King Mohammed V, the father of the modern independent nation of Morocco. He was raised in Rabat, and attended Princeton and Stanford Universities. Hicham Alaoui is prominent voice calling for political reform in the Arab world.

His foundation, the Hicham Alaoui Foundation, created the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University, the Climate Change and Democracy Project at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the Machrek Chair at the Collége de France in Paris, and the Governance and Local Development Program at Yale University. At Princeton, he endowed the Institute for the Trans-Regional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

The foundation also produced “A Whisper to a Roar,” an award-winning documentary on the struggle for democracy around the world. Writing on the Arab world, Hicham Alaoui has published numerous essays in Politique Internationale, Le Debat, Pouvoirs, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, El Pais, New York Times, Journal of Democracy, and Al-Quds. His memoir, “Journal d’un Prince Banni” (“Diary of a Banished Prince”), was published in 2014 by Éditions Grasset, and has since been translated into Spanish and Arabic.

In the past, Hicham Alaoui servedas principal officer for community affairs with the United Nationspeacekeeping mission in Kosovo in 2000; worked with the Carter Center; sat on the MENA Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch; and served as a consulting professor at the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at Stanford University. Hicham Alaoui is currently affiliated with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and is a D.Phil. candidate at the University of Oxford.

The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale was established in 1992 to support intersecting endeavors among specialists in international relations, international law, and the management of international enterprises and organizations. Previous lecturers in the series have included Michael Doyle, Gary Hart, Tom Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Sam Nunn, Sadako Ogata, Samantha Power, Mary Robinson, Raghuram Rajan, Eboo Patel, Mo Ibrahim, Marwan Muasher, Raila Odinga, John Githongo, and Deborah Brautigam.

For more than a half-century, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and its precursors have served as the university’s focal point for teaching and research on cultures, languages, societies, institutions, and practices around the world. It draws its strength by tapping the interests and combining the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the professional schools.

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