This is yet another unilateral decision confirming that the Arab Maghreb is consistent with the nation-state model and ignores the common strategy aiming to unify the Maghreb countries.
By joining the Gulf Economic Council, Morocco shatters the unification dream that’s firmly rooted in the collective imagination of Maghreb peoples.
It was recognized that establishing the Maghreb common market was an elusive goal, but with the revolutions in Tunisia and Libya and the revolts in Algeria and Morocco, the peoples started to put their common ambition back on the agenda.
Morocco’s decision is opposing this wish for unity, and is part of a narrow framework that puts Morocco’s interests first. Otherwise, why join the GCC?
This membership seems to be motivated by economic and security reasons. On the economic level, the financial support of the Gulf countries is undeniable. The GCC countries are major financial providers who intend to make investments in order to ease the economic crises which triggered the Arab uprisings, and reduce the unemployment rate.
Monarchies are also questioned by the peoples who now reject absolute power and clearly aspire to either a system of alternating political power, or constitutional monarchies where the king has considerably reduced powers. Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Jordan are all examples that illustrate this spirit.
On the security level, there are still concerns about the terrorism of Al-Qaeda and its Maghreb tentacle AQIM, rendering cooperation between Arab monarchies almost natural on this front. Existing thrones, clinging to power and threatened by very real Islamist movements, have no intention to give in to an Islamic republic or a monarchy ruled by a king from another clan. Therefore, they believe that economic solidarity must be coupled with increasingly strengthened security solidarity.
The idea of forming an Arab axis to hinder Iranian desires reveals that Arab monarchies are obsolete, since they’re focusing on economic recovery and military security, while ignoring democracy and good governance.
Consequently, Algeria has closed itself off and has been trying to hinder this project that will be achieved anyway, but with unknown results.
By trying to integrate the Moroccan and Jordanian kingdoms, the GCC countries are actually doing a disservice to the Arab peoples who have very simple demands: Work, Dignity, Democracy.
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