The question of Moroccan Western Sahara at the heart of Bernard LUGAN’s conference

Conference cycle

Bernard LUGAN, historian and author of several books and articles whose main subject is Africa.

Known as one of the most famous Africanist historians, Professor Lugan was welcomed this Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the Euromed University of Fez. As part of the Cycle of Conferences initiated by the Euromed University of Fez, the special guest of UEMF, Pr. LUGAN gave a conference entitled: “Understanding the question of Moroccan Western Sahara”.

During this conference, Professor Achachi co-hosted the debate by highlighting various questions that deal with the subject of the so-called Western Moroccan Sahara. Professor LUGAN exposed the leitmotif justifying the choice of this heated title by referring to geography and political reality by reiterating the words of Allal El Fassi who once declared that the Sahara has always been Moroccan.

Furthermore, Mr. LUGAN highlighted the ingenious masterstroke of His Majesty the Late Hassan II through the Green March in 1975; a major event which transformed the situation. Furthermore, Morocco has not stopped defending its territorial integrity on an international scale via the Moroccan autonomy plan accompanied by royal speeches from His Majesty King Mohammed VI always reflecting the noble symbol of the outstretched hand and the attraction to political pacifism.  

This meeting was also an opportunity for Mr. LUGAN to dedicate his latest book “Western Sahara in 10 questions”, a concise and informative summary work on the political, historical and social issues of this complex and contested region.

A constructive exchange took place during this conference allowing students and teacher-researchers of the University to participate in an interdisciplinary debate on the different subjects raised and many others linked to current geopolitical issues.