Early Arab geographers referred to Morocco as Al-Maghreb al-Aqsa--
"the farthest land of the setting sun." Today this country in the
northwest corner of Africa--long a crossroads for trade from Europe,
sub-Saharan Africa, and the East--retains a distinctly exotic feel,
with its colorful mix of Middle Eastern, African, and Western cultures.But Morocco is also a nation struggling to emerge from a difficult
colonial past and a recent history of human-rights violations. If the
country succeeds in its quest to develop stable and democratic political
institutions as well as a vibrant economy--and to accomplish
these goals without violence?Morocco may serve as a powerful
example to the Arab world.
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