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Western Sahara: stalemate and its discontents


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Speaker(s): Dr Alice Wilson

Recorded on 22 January 2014 in 1.04, New Academic Building.

The outbreak of the Arab uprisings marked the 35th year of the conflict over Western Sahara, Africa’s last decolonization case. The international community has so far failed to produce a political climate conducive to the resolution of the conflict. If formal conflict resolution is locked in a stalemate, this paper analyses changes on the ground in recent years. These changes have been enacted by Sahrawis both in Western Sahara, and in the refugee camps in Algeria where exiled Sahrawis live.

Alice Wilson is is junior research fellow in social anthropology, Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Her research explores insights into state power and sovereignty brought to light by the changing significance of tribes in the government-in-exile of Western Sahara. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Remaking Sovereignty in a Saharan revolution.

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