Africa in the Wider World: The Maghreb Looks South

The Maghreb is looking south to secure its future. Though ties between sub-Saharan and North Africa are deep and go back centuries, after independence in the 1950s and 1960s, Maghreb countries primarily viewed sub-Saharan Africa as an arena for competition among themselves. Europe was Maghreb states’ primary strategic economic and diplomatic partner, and their relations with sub-Saharan Africa were seldom a priority. Now, changing regional and global dynamics make sub-Saharan Africa a vital region for every country in the Maghreb.

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