n Africa Insight - Revisiting the Western Saharan conflict

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The conflict in Western Sahara remains the forgotten conflict of the continent, while at the same time its historical roots render it rather difficult to comprehend. The African and the wider international community have been engaged in attempts to resolve the deadlock in the North Western territories, but only with limited success, although the maintenance of a ceasefire as an achievement ought not to be overshadowed. Nonetheless, the conflict still deserves more attention. This article attempts at providing an overall picture of the conflict, while focusing on two major aspects: the strategic face of the conflict as well as the latest peace plan, the Baker Plan II. It concludes by highlighting the potential implications of recent developments in relation to the conflict.

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