Regions / Morocco
Morocco won't be able to put off the issue of Western Sahara's right to sovereignty indefinitely.
Morocco's democratic deficit, too often abetted by allies, has contributed to an unsustainable status quo both at home and in Western Sahara.
Given the history of Western support for corrupt secular governments, the popularity of moderate Islamist parties should come as little surprise--nor should it be cause for concern.
Interpretations of events by State Department personnel in the WikiLeaks documents are often anything but accurate reflections of reality.
The Washington game is getting rougher and uglier.
By supporting Morocco's illegal annexation of Western Sahara, the Senate is establishing a dangerous precedent in international relations.
Morocco might have a better record on domestic reforms than its neighbors, but that's no excuse to ignore its recent retreat on human rights.
It's not terrorism or trade that matters most in the Maghreb, but self-determination for the Sahrawis of Western Sahara.
A new framework for negotiations must take into account the positions of both Polisario and Morocco.
Moroccos plan for autonomy falls well short of what is necessary to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Western Sahara.