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Vol 63 No 9

Published 28th April 2022


Navigating through the fog of cold war

Only one national cause defines policy in Algiers and Rabat – and it isn't Ukraine

For Algeria and its ally, the Polisario Front, as for their bitter rival Morocco, a 'national cause' remains their main preoccupation. For Algeria it is independence of the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) under Polisario rule, in tandem with Algiers's strong support for Palestinian rights. For Morocco it is sovereignty over the former Spanish colony – as recognised in December 2020 by then United States President Donald Trump and not gainsaid by his successor Joe Biden, even if the Ukraine war is forcing a rethink.

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