Friday, April 10, 2009
Why the Maghreb matters
A new report by the Potomac Institute and SAIS offers a fresh new outlook on why the Maghreb matters with international system. The future relevance of the region is intrinsically linked to a successful resolution of the Western Sahara conflict through the new Morocco plan. The region cannot be ignored by the International community especially within the context of the global threat of terrorism. Terrorist acts have increased in the MAghreb as the report suggests, and it is incumbent upon the U.S. to assist the countries in the region in combatting this threat. Economically, the U.S. should also seek engagement of the region through a broader Maghreb-US-EU partnership that would further economic growth and political reforms.