The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) is the overseas research center of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). Based in Tunis, our institutional priority and mission is to foster a variety of scholarly interactions between Tunisian and American and among Maghrebi scholars. CEMAT offers a specialized library with works primarily in English on the Maghrib and the Middle East, and regularly organizes lectures, roundtables, and conferences on themes pertinent to the region. AIMS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) is a private, non-profit educational organization that fosters research and the exchange of information among scholars and students from the United States and the Maghrib for the purpose of better understanding the region. AIMS was established in 1984 and serves as the principal professional organization for U.S.-based scholars interested in North Africa and through its partnership with the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM).

AIMS members can request to consult the CEMAT library, attend lectures or other scholarly events, and solicit advice pertaining to their field research.

• Sponsors the Journal of North African Studies (published by Taylor & Francis)
• Produces an annual roster of members and research directory
• Sponsors yearly academic conferences in North Africa
• Provides grants for students and scholars to undertake research in the region
• Sponsors an annual dissertation-writing workshop at a U.S. University

Attestation Letters

AIMS Members may apply for a letter of attestation. To request information about required documents, please email The review process can take up to two months.

AIMS Fellows do not need to apply for letters of attestation. They are automatically affiliates of CEMAT.

Annual Reports

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Annual Reports 2015

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