About AIMS

Established in 1984, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) is a private, non-profit educational organization that works to facilitate research in North Africa and encourage the free exchange of information between American and North African scholars.

AIMS administers three overseas research centers (ORCs): the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA), and the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM).

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Research Centers

CEMAT

Le Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) is the AIMS overseas research center in Tunisia. CEMAT offers a specialized library with works primarily in English on the Maghrib and the Middle East.

CEMA

The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) is the AIMS research center in Oran, Algeria. The mission of the facility is to provide scholarly research on Algeria and encourage the exchange of information between U.S. and North African scholars.

TALIM

The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) is the AIMS research center in Morocco. TALIM is housed in the only historic landmark of the United States located abroad.

CAORC

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

Grant Programs

The AIMS Grants Program offers grants to U.S. scholars interested in conducting research on North Africa in any Maghrib country, specifically Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, or Tunisia.

Journal of North African Studies

AIMS sponsors the Journal of North African Studies (JNAS), published by Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group. AIMS membership comes with an annual subscription to the journal, 5 issues per year.