After decades when very little happened, climate change has pushed a massive project to halt Sahelian desertification to the top of the priority list with Mauritania playing a lead role.
Arab Digest · Hey Europe! The Maghreb Matters
In the dying days of the Trump White House, another Arab state recognises Israel in a win for the president that will have consequences his successor will have to deal with.
The move by the UAE and Jordan to recognise diplomatically Morocco’s control of Western Sahara has the potential to ignite further conflict in North Africa.
Morocco’s right to exploit the resources of the Western Sahara is contested by Polisario and its supporters. Elsewhere on the Atlantic littoral, Mauritania has cooperated successfully with Senegal over shared water and gas resources.
Western Sahara – UN-sponsored talks look likely to be delayed by the resignation of the Special Envoy. Despite some success for Polisario in opposing exports of phosphates, time is on Morocco’s side.
Morocco – leaders of the 2018 protests in the Rif jailed. Teachers’ protest peters out. Morocco is not Algeria.
Western Sara – UN succeeds in bringing all the stakeholders in this ancient problem together. Algeria and Morocco bad neighbours. Talks to resume in 2019.
Italy’s clampdown on migration through Libya followed by increased migration through Morocco. Trump has the answer.
The boundaries of Arab states, mainly drawn by colonial powers, have shown remarkable durability. In some instances, these boundaries have been challenged but such challenges have generally failed to change the map of the region.