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Recent U.S. recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory grants Morocco a significant diplomatic win, albeit one with an uncertain future, and opens a new and unpredictable chapter in the conflict.
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Winter 2020 Supplement for 'Bradley, Deeks, & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials'
The Winter 2020 Supplement for Bradley, Deeks, & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2020) is now available on Lawfare.
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