Yes! After the events unfolded in Tunisia and Libya, academics have been scrambling to cover the Grand Maghreb region, and people were finally giving it the attention it deserved. Not inciting any sort of call for separation from the Middle East, but North Africa has a history and political economy that is distinctly different from the Middle East and Gulf. Most websites that cover the region neglect the Grand Maghreb, and I even joked about it with my professor who co-founded Jadaliyya, how they have disproportionally covered the Grand Maghreb, and have like 3 articles on Morocco.
Check out this exhaustive reading list if you have an interest in the Grand Maghreb! At least you’ll be able to show up someone next time they try to generalize the region with the Middle East.