Moroccan armed forces in the face of geopolitical mutations

Rachid EL Houdaigui


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.

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