The Moroccan-Western Sahara Conflict Argumentative Essay

The Moroccan-Western Sahara Conflict
Argues that autonomy is the best solution to the Moroccan-Western Sahara conflict.
# 148105 | 1,665 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010
Published on Aug 31, 2011 in International Relations (Non-U.S.) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper explains that some of the people of the Saharan territory want to preserve their identity by rejecting the integration of Western Sahara into Morocco and thus making it an independence entity. However, Morocco has the right to refuse the independence of the Saharan territory, the author argues, based on three irrefutable links between Western Sahara and Morocco. The paper prefers a middle alternative of autonomy that preserves Morocco's territorial integrity and yet gives the Saharan people their cultural identity, develops their economy and enables them to govern themselves politically.

From the Paper:

"This means that we cannot just refute Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara by trying to apply modern standards on pre-modern models. Furthermore, if this interpretation is followed, then most of Moroccan parts would not be considered legitimate integrations and if this same principle was applied to Spain, France and Britain in the 16th and the 17th century, they would all be considered illegitimate states.
"Second, a lot of pre-colonial treaties that recognized Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara were ignored. As examples, the Anglo-Moroccan treaty of 1805 and Algeciras agreement in 1906 that affirmed the links between Morocco and the Western Sahara."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Catalonia. (2010). In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved July 12, 2010, from Encyclopaedia Britannica Online:
  • Cherkaoui, M. (2007). Morocco and the sahara. Oxford: The Bardwell Press.
  • EL Ouali, A. (2008). Saharan conflict. London: Stacey International.
  • Jensen, E. (2005). Western Sahara. London: Lynn Rienner Publishers.
  • Maghraoui, A. (2003). Ambiguities of Sovereignty: Morocco, The Hague and the Western Sahara Dispute. Mediterranean Politics, 8(1), 113-126. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

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