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Losing Morocco

Morocco’s Prince Moulay Rachid addresses attendees at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz. Perhaps no state in the Middle East has such a long history of friendship with the United States as Morocco. Sure, the United States has had …

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Security in the Sahara Not a Shell Game – Jean R. AbiNader Threat not Overstated; Remedies Require “Losing Old Paradigms”

Contradictions are not rare in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region when it comes to politics and diplomacy. This is particularly evident in the continuing efforts to resolve the Western Sahara conflict. While all of the parties voice concern over the lack of a resolution, most, namely the …

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Western Sahara : Waiting On Washington

Nine years have passed since Morocco took the initiative, with the strong encouragement and backing of Washington, to offer a compromise political solution to the enduring Cold War legacy dispute over Western Sahara. Beginning with the presidency of Bill Clinton, three US Administrations–including that of President Obama–have endorsed yearly calls from …

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It’s time for serious negotiations on the only credible solution :   Autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty

Against the backdrop of North Korea and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria, and the Palestinian territories, it is understandable that within the United States, the Western Sahara is largely forgotten. It should not be. Across North Africa and the Sahel, political chaos reigns and stability is in short supply. Nature …

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Congressmen, Experts Urge Negotiated Solution to Western Sahara Conflict in Capitol Hill Hearing on US-Morocco Relations

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – April 21, 2016) – In a hearing on US-Morocco relations held Wednesday in Rayburn House Office Building, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle praised Morocco as a “stable and stalwart US ally in a complicated part of the world,” and called for a negotiated …

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Talking Policy : Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Parliament discusses Western Sahara

During a visit to a Sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria last month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the word “occupation” in reference to Morocco’s annexation of the disputed territory of Western Sahara in 1975. His comments drew hundreds of thousands of Moroccans into the streets to protest in Rabat. Wedged …

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Western Sahara : A helpful tutorial

Through my discussion with some of the petitioners who came to speak in defense of the Polisario, I realized how lacking these people’s knowledge about the Sahara issue is. The first argument that these people put forth is that Moroccans are “occupying” the Sahara and that Morocco has sought to …

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