Weapons of the weak, and of the strong: Mauritanian foreign policy and the international dimensions of social activism

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This article examines the forms of interplay between the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the international standing recently gained by some of the country's socio-political activists. These different forms of political argumentation are affected by Mauritania's ‘Islamic republic’ label, which, adopted following independence in 1960, has been opportunistically used by the state and has become a double-edged sword when used to legitimate foreign and domestic policies. After discussing official expressions of foreign policy, the article moves on to examine the forms of social activism that have more recently questioned the country's social landscape. The article concludes that Mauritanian foreign policy is in clear relation with a recent shift in the social agenda that questions Mauritania's social structures, political apparatus and the state's formal designation as an Islamic republic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of North African Studies
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2018

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