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Aubrey Bloomfield and Sean Jacobs


The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination?

[Image of Western Sahara's national team, nicknamed

In April this year, a story appeared on an Algerian football website,  Le Competiteur, noting that the country’s national football team was planning a friendly match against Western Sahara. The question for the article was how Algeria’s regional rival Morocco would respond. Following incomplete decolonization by Spain in 1975, Western Sahara--which borders Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania--was occupied by Morocco and Mauritania despite the International Court of ...

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Aubrey Bloomfield and Sean Jacobs


Aubrey Bloomfield is a graduate student at The New School in New York City.

Sean Jacobs is an associate professor of international affairs at The New School in New York City.