With North Africa in the headlines in recent weeks because of terrorists’ actions, Morocco responded during the same period to a request by the UN for a proposal to settle a 30-year-old Western Sahara dispute that has long undermined regional stability in other ways.
On April 30, the UN Security Council welcomed the Moroccan initiative. The Council called on Morocco and the Polisario Front to enter into direct negotiations without preconditions to achieve a lasting political solution. Given the wrangling over the Security Council resolution, it will take aggressive action by the UN to bring the parties to the table to reach the kind of compromise that will permit the region to move forward and resolve effectively this increasingly dangerous threat to stability in North Africa.
Please join us for an engaging discussion with experts who can explore and enlighten on this important and insufficiently covered topic.
Ian Lesser, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at German Marshall Fund of the United States
Rob Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
Jacques Rousselier, Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute
Claude Salhani, UPI international editor and a senior political analyst specializing in the Middle East/ North Africa
Mara Rudman, Senior fellow at Center for American Progress, creator of Middle East Progress, a new CAP initiative