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Moroccan Armed Forces in the Face of Geopolitical Mutations

Rachid El Houdaigui | September 09, 2019

One of the first sovereign decisions of independent Morocco was to create the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) on 14 May 1956. Since then, the mission of the Moroccan army is consistent with the country's historical continuity shaped by strategic constants, it has however been subject to both conceptual and operational pressures since the late 1990s, as the lines between defense and security have blurred. This paper explores the central issue of adjusting the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) to a rapidly changing world. It examines two dynamics from a comparative perspective: strategic prioritization in support of defense policy adjustment and the defense-security continuum at the heart of FAR doctrine

Under the topic « Rethinking the role of Armed Forces in a changing security environment », Rachid El Houdaigui, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South was invited to contibute to the Special Issue Nº 02 by the prestigious scientific review based in Brazilia : REPATS (Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas Avançadas do Terceiro Setor Universidade Católica de Brasília).