Western Sahara –The US Congress Strikes Again While State Still Dithers – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 10, 2018 For the past five years one of Morocco’s main goals with US policymakers has been to persuade official Washington that it could advance prospects for a “mutually agreed political solution” in Western Sahara by helping them to improve the quality of life for the residents of the region and help the Moroccan Government in its efforts to prepare the region for autonomy by providing ...

Western Sahara – Simmering Pots Eventually Boil – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 3, 2018 For some years now I have been trying fruitlessly to persuade my former colleagues at the State Department, and anyone else who would listen, that the status quo in the Western Sahara was not sustainable. If you don’t fix it, I would argue, or learn how to manage it much better, it is going to pop, probably sooner than you think.  But, difficult to ...

Western Sahara: MINURSO – What Next? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley February 26, 2018 Shortly after Ban Ki Moon’s ill advised remarks while visiting the Polisario refugee camps a couple of years ago, Morocco took the opportunity to express its profound displeasure with the former Secretary General’s undiplomatic gaffe to disinvite most of MINURSO’s civilian contingent from Moroccan territory in the Sahara.  That set in motion much hand wringing in New York and Washington during the Obama Administration ...

Sahara Negotiations: Redux or Moving Forward? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 7, 2018 Horst Kohler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, recently announced his plan to hold talks with Morocco and the Algerian backed Polisario Front. Appointed August 16, 2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Kohler has invited the two parties to Berlin in the near future, and although this is a first time the talks are to be held there, it ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Vote, Part V – Bargaining Forward – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley January 31, 2018 In the first blog of this series, I raised the issue of whether the international community had been sufficiently inclusive in its original efforts to resolve the continuing dispute over the issue of sovereignty in Western Sahara, suggesting that tens of thousands of fully legitimate stakeholders, albeit non-Sahrawi, had not been allowed a rightful place in the process.  In the last installment, I suggested ...
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