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Fall 2021

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


Since the 1963 Sand War, there has been a constant progression of tension between the countries of Morocco and Algeria. From physical space–the Western Sahara and border denotation–to diplomatic relations, Morocco and Algeria may never be the same after their colonization in the early 19th century. Due to the rise in extremist rhetoric, political accusations, economic instability, and social violence, the Moroccan-Algerian relationship can only get worse from here. Do these signs point to a modern-day Sand War approaching? This paper seeks to examine the existence of a modern-day Sand War and its consequences, specifically through the lens of youth (18-25) in the MENA region.


African History | African Languages and Societies | African Studies | International Relations | Peace and Conflict Studies | Politics and Social Change | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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