Morocco Wants Compromise, Not War, in Western Sahara
Pro-Sahrawi U.S. commentators ignore the territory’s history and the international community’s shifting stance toward the conflict.
Biden Can Backtrack on Trump’s Move in Western Sahara
Labeling the Polisario Front a separatist insurgency rather than anti-occupation movement sets a dangerous precedent. But there’s also no strategic reason Biden can’t back away from Trump’s brash turn on day one.
How Arab Ties With Israel Became the Middle East’s New Normal
Though Israel remains opposed to Palestinian independence, 2020 marked the year of its acceptance in the region.
How the Western Sahara Became the Key to North Africa
And why Morocco’s apparent victory there will change regional politics.
Biden Must Reverse Course on Western Sahara
Trump’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty dangerously undermines decades of carefully crafted U.S. policy.
The East Timor Model Offers a Way out for Western Sahara and Morocco
Western Sahara’s fate lies in the hands of the U.N. Security Council.
The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders
European countries have suffered from the pandemic, but their southern and eastern neighbors are faring even worse—setting the stage for financial ruin, political instability, and a surge of refugees.
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East
The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.
Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa
The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.
Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?
The Polisario Front has created an international diplomatic presence on a shoestring budget and sees the Trump administration as its best hope in decades to gain independence from Morocco.
Morocco’s Crackdown Won’t Silence Dissent
Across the country, protesters are increasingly willing to criticize the government and the monarchy—even in the face of repression.
If the U.S. Government Won’t Act, Airbnb Will
While the White House rubber-stamps Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, the online rental company is cracking down on Israel’s illegal settlements.
Trump May Kill the World’s Last Hope for a Climate Change Pact
The climate change summit in Morocco, like the rest of the world, is now grappling with the implications of Trump’s victory.
Mohammed VI and the Choice Facing Islam
Morocco's king has done the world a favor with a speech condemning jihadists and warning Muslims not to follow their path.
We Already Knew Rio Was a Mess, and Then These Terrible Things Happened
Brazil's Olympics have been off to a messy start, and it seems like they're only getting worse.
Dalai Lama: Those Who Cause Bloodshed Are Not “Genuine” Practitioners of Islam
The Dalai Lama spoke about peace-building and the Orlando shootings in front of an audience in Washington, D.C.
How the State Department’s Human Rights Report Treats Friends — and Adversaries
The authors of the reports should take into account the nature of America's relationships to countries that come in for criticism.