Accession Number:

ADA196845

Title:

The Reagan Doctrine, Morocco, and the Conflict in the Western Sahara: An Appraisal of United States Policy

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

UTAH UNIV SALT LAKE CITY DEPT OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

196.0

Abstract:

United States policy towards Morocco and the conflict in the Western Sahara reflects the continuing basic geostrategic concerns and the present domestic political conditions in Morocco that have combined to constrain United States policy options. The purpose, therefore, is to focus on 1 the framing of the Western Saharan conflict and 2 the alleged disparity between tradition and geostrategic concerns specific attention will be given to the period 1980-1987. An appraisal of United States policy will focus on these points in an attempt to ascertain the success or failure of the Reagan Doctrine. The exploration of issues pertaining to Moroccan stability and Moroccan capability in successfully conducting the war are also examined in order to provide an understanding for the limits United States policy has in influencing an ally. The purpose is not to determine the validity of the positions claimed by the participants in the dispute over the Western Sahara but to provide a general background that facilitates an understanding of the problems confronting United States policy makers.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE