Parsley Island and the intervention of the United States

Gold, P. (2010) Parsley Island and the intervention of the United States. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 8 (2). pp. 83-104. ISSN 1479-4012 Available from:

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On 11 July 2002 a dozen Moroccan armed police occupied Parsley Island, a rocky outcrop off the north Moroccan coast. Five days later Spanish armed forces intervened to ‘liberate’ the island and repatriated the Moroccans. On 20 July, following the intervention of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, the State Department drew up an agreement acceptable to both sides and Spain withdrew. This article examines why Morocco occupied the island, why Spain used force in reply and why the US became involved. As with many territorial disputes, the occupation and the responses to it were symptomatic of more deep-seated grievances between the disputants, while the involvement of the Bush administration was inspired by its own self-interest in the aftermath of 9/11.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Spain, Morocco, United States, Parsley Island, 9/11
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:16388
Deposited By: Professor P. Gold
Deposited On:16 Jan 2012 10:24
Last Modified:21 Feb 2018 05:07

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