SPRING 2010 CATALOG
War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution
Stephen Zunes and Jacob Mundy
With a Foreword by George McGovern
"The Western Sahara is one of the
world’s last vestiges of colonialism.
In this thoughtful and impressive
analysis, Stephen Zunes and Jacob
Mundy provide valuable insights on
the importance of enabling the people
of the Western Sahara to determine
their own future through a democratic
—the late Senator Edward Kennedy
"This book is a timely and scholarly synthesis presented
with clarity and comprehension. Backed by their fieldwork,
the authors consider Western Sahara’s irresolution
as a consequence of not only competing nationalisms
(and interfering actors), but also of conflicting imaginations
of polity and society."
—Phillip Naylor, author of France and Algeria:
A History of Decolonization and Transformation
The Western Sahara conflict has proven to be one of the most protracted
and intractable struggles facing the international community. Pitting local nationalist
determination against Moroccan territorial ambitions, the dispute is
further complicated by regional tensions with Algeria and the geo-strategic
concerns of major global players, including the United States, France, and
the territory’s former colonial ruler, Spain. For over twenty years, the UN Security
Council has failed to find a formula that will delicately balance these
interests against Western Sahara’s long-denied right to a self-determination
referendum as one of the last UN-recognized colonies.
In the first book-length treatment of the issue in over two decades,
Zunes and Mundy examine the origins, evolution, and resilience of the
Western Sahara conflict, deploying a diverse array of sources and firsthand
knowledge of the region gained from multiple research visits. Shifting
geographical frames—local, regional, and international—provide for
a robust analysis of the stakes involved.
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Stephen Zunes is professor of politics and international studies at the
University of San Francisco where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern
Studies. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the
Roots of Terrorism. He was named Peace Scholar of the Year for 2002
by the Peace and Justice Studies Association.
Jacob Mundy is a doctoral
candidate at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies,
and author of several book chapters and articles on North African politics.
He is Amnesty USA’s Country Specialist for Morocco and Western Sahara,
and served as a consulting external analyst for the International Crisis
Group for the Western Sahara conflict.
8 1/2 x 11, 424 pages, 5 black-and-white illustrations, 7 maps, notes, appendix, bibliography, index