New publication: Editorial – Saara Ocidental – as políticas do impasse

New publication: Editorial – Saara Ocidental – as políticas do impasse

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Reference: Saara Ocidental – as políticas do impasse, 2018, africana studia, (29), Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto

Summary: The first objective of this issue is to help give visibility and, hopefully, understanding to the global impasse over the oldest colonial conflict in Africa.
Policies of deadlock in a conflict that has been going on for more than forty years do not only imply a trail of meetings and resolutions in air-conditioned United Nations buildings. They also affect a population – that of the Sahrawis – living in a 2,720 km military wall: in refugee camps in southern Algeria, in territories liberated under the control of the SADR (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic), in the so-called “open-air” prison under Moroccan occupation, in the diaspora in search of work and/or on the run.
Over the past decade, even public perception of this impasse has tended to decline – due to the scarcity of current events and the combined action of the Moroccan filter, which the dominant media in European states in general follow. In this part of the world, the daily violations of the Geneva Convention, the Convention against Torture and Ill-treatment, United Nations resolutions, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice are not new.
The criterion adopted was simple: we mobilize experts in the foreign policies of States and multilateral organizations that intervene directly in the conflict (the so-called direct actors), in the main allies of these States (indirect actors) and in some of the emerging powers that “observe”, with more or less abstinence in their actions.

– Isabel Lourenço, Maciel Santos


  • Editorial (pag.5) 
  • Direct and indirect actors:
    • Pedro Ferreira – Sahara Ocidental: conflito diplomático (1991-2010) e os presumíveis interesses de Marrocos (pág.11)
    • Abdelhak Elaggoune e Mourad Aty – Explaining Algeria’s Nationalist Foreign Policy on the Western Sahara Conflict (pág.31)
    • Jeffrey J. Smith – Western Sahara and the United States: Clientelism and exceptionalism in Africa’s last colony (pág.39)
    • Yahia H. Zoubir – The United States and the question of Western Sahara: A low priority in US Foreign Policy (pág.55)
    • Carolina Jiménez Sánchez – What role for the European Union in the Western Sahara Conflict? (pág.65)
    • Rui Alexandre Novais – The Western Sahara never ending story: A case of organized hypocrisy (pág.79)
    • Sidi Omar- The African Union policies towards the Western Sahara (pág.91)
    • Belkacem Iratni – The Arab League and the Western Sahara Conflict: The politics of a sheer neglect(pág.103)
  • Emerging Observers
    • Siphamandla Zondi – South Africa’s Position on the Western Sahara and the right of Self-determination: An Afro-decolonial analysis (pág.117)
    • Wu Wanjun e Pedro Sobral – China’s Non-interference Policy towards Western Sahara Conflict (pág.131)
    • Hang Zhou – China’s Balancing Act in the Western Sahara Conflict (pág.145)
    • Abdurrahim Sıradağ – The dynamics shaping Turkish African Policy and Turkey’s Approach towards the Western Sahara Conflict (pág.157)
    • Mohamed Badine El Yattioui – Le Mexique et les limites de la politique étrangère des grands principes à travers le cas de la RASD (pág.169)
    • Maciel Santos – A RASD e a área lusófona Portugal e o conflito do Saara – contributo para o estudo da 1.ª década (pág.183)
    • Jorge Ribeiro – O longo sequestro de pescadores portugueses em 1980 – Lisboa negoceia de má-fé e engana a Frente Polisário (pág.205)
    • Luís Alberto Ferreira – O dia-a-dia da Polisário há 40 anos pelo primeiro repórter português na RASD (pág.211)
    • Issau Agostinho – Sahara Ocidental, entre a ambiguidade internacional e o idealismo angolano (pág.221)
    • Renatho Costa e Rodrigo Duque Estrada – À margem da margem: a retórica brasileira para não reconhecer a República Árabe Saaraui Democrática (RASD) (pág.237)
    • Dionísio Babo Soares – Para Timor-Leste, a independência do Sahara Ocidental é fundamental (pág. 255)
  • Problems of Western Sahara
    • Claudia Barona Castañeda e Jorge Gamaliel Arenas Basurto – Modernization and tradition in the Western Sahara, the Sahrawi Constitution (pág.263)
    • Ana Maria Guedes – Can public opinion about Western Sahara’s Cause be revealed by Social Media data analysis? (pág.277)
  • Interviews
    • Jatri Aduh (pág.291)
    • Salama Brahim El-Bachir (pág.297)
  • Reading notes
    • René Pélissier À la table des Seigneurs… (pág.303)

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