In the case of Morocco, normalisation came in exchange of a U-S proclamation of sovereignty.
The outgoing U.S. president recognised the Kingdom of Morocco's claim over the Western Sahara - fought over for decades by Morocco and the pro-indendence Polisario Front.
In one announcement he automatically sidelined the United Nations' efforts to resolve the dispute in that region.
But how does this boost Morocco's claim to this territory?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Elie Jacobs, partner with the Truman National project and President of public affairs consultancy firm E-J Strategies.
Lahcen Haddad, strategic affairs analyst and a former Moroccan minister.
Rami Khouri, Director of Global Engagement at the American University of Beirut
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