Global, Regional and Local Dimensions of Western Sahara’s Protracted Decolonization

When a Conflict Gets Old

Editors: Ojeda Garcia, Raquel, Fernández-Molina, Irene, Veguilla, Victoria (Eds.)

  • Provides a multilevel analysis of the Western Sahara conflict on local, regional and international levels
  • Presents the realities of Moroccan governance in Western Sahara, including electoral and housing policies
  • Examines the effect of the Western Sahara conflict on regional security, migration and cultural identity
  • Explores the role and changing attitude of the international community to the Western Sahara conflict, with a focus on the UN, EU, France and Spain
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This book explores the traces of the passage of time on the protracted and intractable conflict of Western Sahara. The authors offer a multilevel analysis of recent developments from the global to the local scenes, including the collapse of the architecture of the UN-led conflict resolution process, the advent of the War on Terror to the the Sahara-Sahel area and the impact of the ‘Arab Spring’ and growing regional security instability. Special attention is devoted to changes in the Western Sahara territory annexed by Morocco and the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. Morocco has adapted its governance and public policies to profound socio-demographic transformations in the territory under its control and has attempted to obtain international recognition for this annexation by proposing an Autonomy Plan. The Polisario Front and Sahrawi nationalists have shifted their strategy and pushed the centre of gravity of the conflict back inwards by focusing on pro-independence activism inside the disputed territory.

About the authors

Raquel Ojeda-García is Senior Lecturer in Political and Administrative Science at the University of Granada, Spain.
Irene Fernández-Molina is Lecturer in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter, UK.
Victoria Veguilla is Lecturer in Political and Administrative Science at the Pablo de Olavide University, Spain.

Reviews

“The forty-year protracted conflict in Western Sahara is shows no sign of resolution. The conflict attracts little attention and the scholarly literature on this former colony is rather scant. The chapters in this timely book decipher the main reasons for the stalemate through a judicious combination of theoretical and empirical material. The editors have brought together some of the best scholars from different disciplines to shed light on this complex conflict; this work is a must reading for all students of North African politics and conflict resolution.”  (Yahia H. Zoubir, Professor of International Relations and Management, Kedge Business School, France)

“For some years there has been a clear need for a genuinely academic study of the Western Sahara conflict to counterbalance and supersede the many quite partisan accounts of the conflict. By bringing together a wide range of refreshingly younger scholars familiar with the conflict and its various parties, Global, Regional and Local Dimensions of Western Sahara’s Protracted Decolonization provides such a study and is set to be the standard work of reference on the subject for academics, students, writers and policy-makers alike.” (Michael J. Willis, Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

“This in-depth, sophisticated study of the decades-old Western Sahara conflict offers a stark reminder of the powerlessness of international institutions relying on law and  high principles vis-a-vis local actors that can ignore both because they have the ability to create facts on the ground.” (Marina Ottaway, Middle East Fellow, Wilson Center, United States)

“This reference work is essential reading for anyone willing to understand the developments of a conflict that has determined inter-state relations within the Maghreb for over 40 years. The contributions of the 20 authors in the volume provide an interdisciplinary and updated analysis of the conflict as well as fresh insights to better grasp the deadlock of a conflict to which the academic literature has paid limited attention.” (Miguel Hernando de Larramendi, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Towards a Multilevel Analysis of the Western Sahara Conflict and the Effects of its Protractedness

    Fernández-Molina, Irene

    Pages 1-33

  • The United Nations’ Change in Approach to Resolving the Western Sahara Conflict since the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

    Theofilopoulou, Anna

    Pages 37-51

  • The Geopolitical Functions of the Western Sahara Conflict: US Hegemony, Moroccan Stability and Sahrawi Strategies of Resistance

    Mundy, Jacob

    Pages 53-78

  • The EU’s Reluctant Engagement with the Western Sahara Conflict: Between Humanitarian Aid and Parliamentary Involvement

    Grande-Gascón, María Luisa (et al.)

    Pages 79-98

  • Western Sahara and the Arab Spring

    Szmolka, Inmaculada

    Pages 101-119

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95035-5
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Hardcover $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global, Regional and Local Dimensions of Western Sahara’s Protracted Decolonization
Book Subtitle
When a Conflict Gets Old
Editors
  • Raquel Ojeda Garcia
  • Irene Fernández-Molina
  • Victoria Veguilla
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95035-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95035-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95034-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 355
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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