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

When a Conflict Gets Old

  • Raquel Ojeda-Garcia
  • Irene Fernández-Molina
  • Victoria Veguilla

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Global Level

  3. Regional Levels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Inmaculada Szmolka
      Pages 101-119
    3. Laurence Thieux
      Pages 121-141
    4. Luis Martinez, Rasmus Alenius Boserup
      Pages 143-163
  4. National and Local Levels (1): Moroccan Governance of the Western Sahara Territory

  5. National and Local Levels (2): Saharawi Resistance and Identity

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Francesco Cavatorta
      Pages 335-342
  7. Raquel Ojeda-Garcia, Irene Fernández-Molina, Victoria Veguilla
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-355

About this book


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.


Western Sahara Conflict Decolonization International Local Regional Morocco

Editors and affiliations

  • Raquel Ojeda-Garcia
    • 1
  • Irene Fernández-Molina
    • 2
  • Victoria Veguilla
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Granada GranadaSpain
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Pablo de Olavide University SevillaSpain

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