Location

Portland State University

Start Date

7-5-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

7-5-2019 3:00 PM

Subjects

Western Sahara -- Politics and government, Sahrawi (African people) -- Social conditions, Western Sahara -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements, National self-determination

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the attitudes towards the Sahrawi people and the POLISARIO Front in Algeria and Morocco, with a more specific focus on how these latter have impacted their endeavour to establish the former’s own sovereign state. The paper provides background on the political, social, and economic, atmospheres in both countries, to contextualise the modern state of democratic institutions and voter engagement. With this information in mind, several potential pathways forward are presented for Sahrawi self-determination, weighing the pros and cons of seeking political representation within existing states, or through secession.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/30920

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May 7th, 1:30 PM May 7th, 3:00 PM

Sahrawi Self-Determination Within Existing Borders: Adapting the Right to Self Determination to Modern International Norms

Portland State University

This paper provides an overview of the attitudes towards the Sahrawi people and the POLISARIO Front in Algeria and Morocco, with a more specific focus on how these latter have impacted their endeavour to establish the former’s own sovereign state. The paper provides background on the political, social, and economic, atmospheres in both countries, to contextualise the modern state of democratic institutions and voter engagement. With this information in mind, several potential pathways forward are presented for Sahrawi self-determination, weighing the pros and cons of seeking political representation within existing states, or through secession.