This article, originally published in 2019, in the Journal of North African Studies. 24, 3, p. 490-505 16 p., 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.
|Title of host publication||Foreign Policy in North Africa|
|Subtitle of host publication||Navigating Global, Regional and Domestic Transformations|
|Editors||Irene Fernández-Molina, Miguel Hernando de Larramendi|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Jan 2021|
- Foreign policy