Last month a nearly three decade cease fire in Western Sahara broke and the war raged once again. The United Nations is taking up the Western Sahara issue despite opposition from powerful countries. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration proposed a change the long standing US position on Western Sahara. What does this mean for the conflict? What is the likelihood of peaceful resolution? [ dur: 58mins. ]
- R. Joey Huddleston is Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. He is the author of the articles The Roots of the Catalan Independence Crisis: And What Madrid’s Next Steps Should Be and Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?
- Randi Irwin is a casual lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Newcastle. She is the author of the article Contested language in the making and unmaking of Western Sahara’s extractive economy.
- Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of numerous publications including Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution co-authored with Jacob Mundy. His most recent article in Foreign Policy is The East Timor Model Offers a Way out for Western Sahara and Morocco.
- Jacob Mundy is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University, New York. He is the co-author with Stephen Zunes of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution, author of article Performing the nation, pre-figuring the state: the Western Saharan refugees, thirty years later and the author of the forthcoming book chapter, A Theory of the Middle East: Oil for Insecurity, Permanent War, and the Political-Economy of Late Imperial America.
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This program is produced by the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.