Moroccan Political Development and the Resultant Impact on Moroccan-U.S. Relations.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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This thesis has two basic research objectives. First to examine the political development of Morocco and to prove, despite an outward appearance of political tension, that the nation is politically stable and progressing politically at a pace which will ensure representational government. Second, United States-Moroccan relations will be examined to determine the amount of influence the United States commands in Morocco. The thesis first establishes historical perspective by tracing Moroccan history back to the initial Arab conquests which shaped Moroccan society into its unique segmentation. The roles of traditionalism, primordialism, Islam, the monarchy, elites and education are studied to illustrate their importance on Moroccos political development. The growth of Moroccan nationalism is studied as well as the formation of political parties. Theories of political development are used to predict the future course of Moroccan politics. This thesis reviews United States military and economic aid to Morocco during the last twenty years. A correlation is then made between this aid and Moroccan support for United States policies based on Moroccan voting patterns in the United Nations. Author
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