oa Africa Insight - The war in Western Sahara

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Dr Simon Baynham examines the politico-military conflict in Sahara in its historical, regional and global context. At first sight, Western Sahara appears to have few attractions, either to its unknown number of inhabitants or to neighbouring states and the wider international community. Yet since 1976, when the Spanish abruptly pulled out without handing over formally to any sort of local leadership arrived at through any principle or process of self-determination, its 267 000 square kilometres have been the scene of ferocious fighting between the Polisario liberation movement and the Moroccan military.

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