This informative and well-researched collection reviews and evaluates the diplomatic history of the disputed territory of western Sahara over the last two decades. The authors examine the roles played by Morocco and other Maghreb states as well as those of Spain, France, the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Nations and the Organization of African States. One chapter traces to mid-1991 the frustrating tale of unsuccessful efforts to hold a referendum in the territory. Most of the contributors support the independence movement led by the Polisario Front and are critical of American diplomacy and military backing for Morocco, whose claim to the territory has no foundation in international law.
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