Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?
Spain has traded five decades of neutrality on Western Sahara while getting nothing but a spyware scandal in return.
Morocco’s Diplomatic Morass
Despite Washington’s about-face on Western Sahara, the erstwhile darling of U.S. policy circles is more isolated than ever.
Pegasus Lands in Africa
From Morocco to Rwanda, governments and their intelligence services have allegedly used spyware to target everyone including opponents, monarchs, and foreign leaders.
Spain Takes a Leap to the Populist Right
This week’s border crisis with Morocco will cast a long shadow over Spanish politics.
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.