How the US and Morocco seized the Spanish Sahara

January 2006

Last November marked the 30th anniversary of the Sahara crisis, triggered when Morocco successfully pressured Madrid out of its desert colony in autumn 1975. Despite the United States’ denials, declassified records reveal that King Hassan’s success was made possible through US intervention.

Book review: ‘Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate’ by Erik Jensen

December 2005

in Review of African Political Economy 106 (December 2005): 662-664.

Book review: ‘Endgame in the Western Sahara’ by Toby Shelley

June 2005

in Journal of North African Studies 10/2 (June 2005): 238-240.

Stubborn Stalemate in Western Sahara

June 2004

in Middle East Report Online (26 June 2004),

Reprinted as ‘Die Uno Scheitert in der Wüste,’ Woz Die Wochenzeitung (Le Monde Diplomatique, Germany) 27 (1 July 2004): 11.

“Seized of the Matter”: The UN and the Western Sahara Dispute

June 2004

Since 1988, the United Nations has been actively involved in the Western Sahara dispute between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Western Saharan liberation movement known as the Frente POLISARIO. Over fifteen years later, there seems to be no end in sight for this seemingly intractable conflict. For the UN, the Western Sahara file is beginning to look less like East Timor and a lot more like Cyprus.

in Mediterranean Quarterly 15.3 (2004), pp.130-148.