Review in African Studies Review

December 2011

Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution has been very positively reviewed in the flagship journal of the African Studies Association, African Studies Review. The reviewer, Gregory White, Professor of Government at Smith College, calls it “the definitive book on the Western Sahara.” He goes on to note,

Theirs is a contribution that prompts a wide array of adjectives: provocative, insightful, exhaustive, encyclopedic. The collaboration brings together their respective strengths as scholars, and their work displays a robust interdisciplinarity in its use of methods and insights from geography, cartography, diplomatic history, political science, anthropology, and postcolonial studies.

He also notes that our book is as much about the fate of post-colonial Morocco as it is about the undetermined status of Western Sahara:

One of the most valuable aspects of the volume is the light it sheds on independent Morocco. In focusing on Western Sahara, the authors end up telling Morocco’s modern story in a decidedly different and refreshing way. […] Thus, while the subject of the book is the Western Sahara, the story in many ways is really about Morocco.

Smith concludes, “The book makes arguments with which others may disagree, but it is
not a polemic. The authors’ lines of reasoning are posed in a careful, rigorous
fashion,” adding, “Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution will
prove invaluable to students, scholars and, one hopes, decision-makers for
years to come.”

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