The visit to the Legation by the Honorary Consuls of Morocco in the United States sparked some thought about the considerable presence of this North African country in the US. With honorary consuls in nine states, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, Morocco extends its reach beyond its Embassy in Washington and its Consulate and UN Mission in New York.
Hailing from sectors as diverse as academia, business, and public affairs, these Americans representing Morocco were a particularly focused audience for the Legation's story of more than two centuries of close relations between Morocco and the US. Bravo to the Moroccan Embassy in Washington for bringing them to TALIM.
Morocco's network of institutions is wide and diverse. In Washington, "Morocco On the Move" – a public affairs portal – is an initiative of the Moroccan American Center
a group of three NGOs – The Moroccan American Center for Policy, The Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center, and The Moroccan American Cultural Center – which work to promote relations and mutual understanding between the United States and Morocco.
TALIM has been a recipient of a grant from the MACC to mount its forthcoming permanent exhibit of "Moroccans in America," a nice counterpoint to our longtime interest in documenting the contribution of Tangier Americans to the cultural life of this city. Shortly there will be Moroccan-Americans on our walls, whose contributions to American life range from academia to outer space.
Speaking of Moroccan-Americans, a plethora of associations show the verve of this growing community: AMPA, representing professionals in various fields; Moroccan American Network, celebrating entrepreneurs; Wafin, a sort of webzine where Moroccan-Americans can meet each other and keep up with the news from home; and local associations, like Boston's Moroccan American Cultural & Community Center, whose members are so proud they've designed a button.
Morocco's formal and informal networks in the United States are a clear illustration of a country that has figured out that, important as diplomacy is, it's not sufficient to check the box of embassy contacts with the State Department's Morocco Desk. Morocco is active within and beyond the Beltway – all the way to Honolulu.