Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Western Sahara: Part II (March 8, 2021)

by Thomas Wash | PDF

In Part I of this report, we examined the U.S. decision last December to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara territory, which was part of an agreement in which Morocco formally recognized Israel.  This week, in Part II, we focus on why Morocco wanted recognition of its sovereignty over Western Sahara. We will discuss phosphate, which is a valuable commodity that is found in Western Sahara. We also discuss Morocco’s territorial ambitions along with obstacles that might prevent the U.S. from fully recognizing Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara. As always, we conclude this report by discussing the potential geopolitical and market ramifications.

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