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The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara (Part 2)

[Landscape shot of Laayoune from the southwest of the city. Image by author]

[The following article is the second in a two-part series tracing the roots of settler-colonialism and military occupation in the Western Sahara. Read the first part here.]  Morocco’s Shift from Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation Morocco is dedicated to establishing a permanent and stable political authority in the territories, and is achieving this through military occupation. The occupation today consists of a highly militarized security sector in each city ...

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The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara (Part 1)

[Landscape shot of Laayoune from the south-west of the city. Image by author.]

[The following article is the first in a two-part series tracing the roots of settler-colonialism and military occupation in the Western Sahara. Read the second part here.] Upon entering the Occupied Territories of the Western Sahara, I organized a focus group in the private living room of a Sahrawi activist’s home in Laayoune, Western Sahara, where nine activists were brought together. They were each imprisoned for varying periods of time between 1980 and 1991, while the ...

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Erica Vásquez

 

Erica Vásquez is a researcher and an M.A. candidate at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Her focuses include conflict analysis, human security, and human rights in the Middle East & North Africa. Follow her on Twitter @ericavasquez77