n Conflict Trends - Western Sahara since the Arab Spring : any hope for change?

Volume 2015, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The revolutions that swept across North Africa and the Middle East have altered the political landscape in the region, and demonstrated that people-power revolutions can achieve change in a region that was often thought to be politically stagnant. Whether these changes can be deemed completely successful four years later is debatable, and varies on a case-by-case basis. A nearby territory that has been inspired by the Arab Spring is Western Sahara - a land that was annexed by Morocco and Mauritania1 in 1975, prior to the organisation of a referendum of self-determination by the United Nations (UN) as Spain completed its retreat from the territory.

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