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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Forward on the southern front

The Kingdom sees a big future for itself south of the Sahara, but it may not have the resources to ensure success

King Mohammed VI (M6) has invested a huge amount of political capital – and the biggest Moroccan banks and corporations' money – in making one of Africa's most notable strategic pivots of recent years: changing his kingdom's traditional focus on Europe, the Maghreb and the Arab world, to seeing the future rooted in Morocco's sub-Saharan business, social and political connections. This received a major boost when the kingdom rejoined the African Union, which it left when the Polisario Front's Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) became a member in 1984.

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