The Western Sahara is one of the world s last vestiges of colonialism. In this thoughtful and impressive analysis, Stephen Zunes and Jacob Mundy provide valuable insights on the importance of enabling the people of the Western Sahara to determine their own future through a democratic referendum. --the late Senator Edward Kennedy
This book is a timely and scholarly synthesis presented with clarity and comprehension. Backed by their fieldwork, the authors consider Western Sahara s irresolution as a consequence of not only competing nationalisms (and interfering actors), but also of conflicting imaginations of polity and society. --Phillip Naylor, author of France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation
The authors offer a multifaceted analytical overview of the
ongoing conflict surrounding the territory, and the thus-far failed
efforts to resolve it. In doing so, they provide a nuanced portrait
of the history and internal political dynamics of Morocco and the
Western Sahara; the complicated role played by neighboring countries,
especially Algeria... and Mauritania, as well as those of key
western countries, most importantly the United States and
France. --Political Geography
About the Author
Stephen Zunes is professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism. He was named Peace Scholar of the Year for 2002 by the Peace and Justice Studies Association.
Jacob Mundy is a doctoral candidate at the University of Exeter's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, and author of several book chapters and articles on North African politics. He is Amnesty USA's Country Specialist for Morocco and Western Sahara, and served as a consulting external analyst for the International Crisis Group for the Western Sahara conflict.