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Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus

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Roundtable Introduction: Beyond Dominant Narratives on the Western Sahara

In the past few decades, both media and academic scholarship have marginalized the Western Saharan conflict, rendering it largely insignificant within regional and global political imaginations. Beginning as a post-colonial dispute between regional powers in the 1970s, the conflict developed and was exacerbated as North Africa became an entangled site of Cold War rivalries. Following the 1975 Madrid Accords, in which Spain conceded on its promises to the Sahrawi people on ...

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Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus

Samia Errazzouki is a Moroccan-American writer based in Washington, DC. She has written for Al Akhbar, Mamfakinch, the Fair Observer, and others. Her academic research focuses on Morocco's political economy and reform. She is currently working on the Arab Studies Institute's Knowledge Production Project, with a focus on the Greater Maghreb. She is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page.

Allison L McManus is a Master’s student in the Global and International Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her B.A. in International Relations and French. Her current research focuses on human rights and democratization in the MENA region, with a particular focus on Morocco. She is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page. Follow her on Twitter @kulchidiallison