• New publication : Sahara Occidental, conflit oublié, populations en mouvement – Sébastien Boulay and Francesco Correale
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    The conflict of Western Sahara remains little known and too rarely documented, in France in particular. However, this territorial "dispute" dating back to the 1960s and 1970s is essential to grasp today in all its complexity because it is still the main bone of contention between Morocco and Algeria, and therefore one of the obstacles...

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  • Sahara : Conflit ensablé ? – Le dessous des cartes
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    Pierre-Olivier François, Sahara : conflit ensablé ?, Le dessous des cartes, September 8, 2018 According to the UN, this is one of the last unresolved colonial conflicts. For fifty years, the desert areas of Western Sahara, rich in raw materials and open to the sea, are the object of an endless rivalry between Morocco - which...

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  • New publication : Profit over peace in Western Sahara – HAGEN Erik, PFEIFER Mario, SMITH Jeffrey
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    HAGEN Erik, PFEIFER Mario, SMITH Jeffrey, Profit over peace in Western Sahara. How commercial interests undermine self-determination in the last colony in Africa, Sternberg Press, 2018 Profit over Peace in Western Sahara examines the role of natural resources in the occupation of Africa’s last colony. Not well known to the wider public, the territory of Western...

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  • New publication : Nomads and nation-building in the Western Sahara : gender, politics and the Sahrawi – Konstantina Isidoros
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    ISIDOROS, Konstantina, Nomads and Nation Building in the Western Sahara: Gender, Politics and the Sahrawi, I.B.Tauris, London, 2018 Fabled for more than three thousand years as fierce warrior-nomads and cameleers dominating the western Trans-Saharan caravan trade, today the Sahrawi are admired as soldier-statesmen and refugee-diplomats. This is a proud nomadic people uniquely championing human rights and...

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  • Two papers on ethical issues regarding research in Western Sahara, Joanna Allan & Sébastien Boulay
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    Joanna ALLAN, 2017, "Activist Ethics: the Need for a Nuanced Approach to Resistance Studies Field Research", in Journal of Resistance Studies, Volume 3, Number 2 : 89-121 PDF : Allan_draft_version Journal of Resistance Studies 2017   Sébastien BOULAY, 2017, « Discomfort in Ethnography. Methodological questions, choices and tools in sensitive contexts », Prace Etnograficzne Ethnographic Works, 2017, 45...

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  • Call for Papers : colloque CAPOLCOT II, Granada, 22-23 November 2018
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    Causes and consequences of mutation, progression or stagnation in processes of political change and territorial conflicts are main research objects for studies on comparative politics. These questions also constitute principal theoretical and analytical challenges for area studies focused in MENA countries. These topics are currently addressed by two research projects: “Persistence of authoritarianism and political...

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  • New parution : FRIDOLIN ZEHNDER l’AFRICAIN
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    Martinoli E., 2018, Fridolin Zehnde l'Africain, Les aventures d'un légionnaire suisse, déserteur et combattant au Maroc (1920-1934), Editions Alphil, Presses universitaires suisses « Je suis né le 28 août 1897, lors d’un tour en barque sur le Doubs, la rivière qui forme la frontière avec la France, près de La Chaux-de-Fonds. Né entre deux pays, sans...

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  • New publication : Algeria and the Sahelian Quandary: The Limits of Containment Security Policy – Yahia Zoubir
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    ZOUBIR Yahia, Algeria and the Sahelian Quandary : The limits of containment security policy, The Sahel: Europe's african borders, European Institute of the Mediterranean, p.70-95, 2018 Publication institution of EuroMeSCo : https://www.euromesco.net/   Various analysts have provided different interpretations as to Algeria’s role in the Sahel. For instance, one researcher argues that “Algeria is reluctant or unable...

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  • New article : Diplomatic Practices of Contested States, Bouris & Fernández-Molina
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    Bouris D. & Fernández-Molina I., "Contested States, Hybrid Diplomatic Practices, and the Everyday Quest for Recognition", International Political Sociology, vol.1, N°19, 2018 This article examines the diplomatic practices of contested states with the aim to challenge structural legal-institutional accounts of these actors’ international engagement, which are unsatisfactory in explaining change and acknowledging their agency. Considering...

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