Writing about Western Sahara and Morocco in a feature article online at World Politics Review, Professor Jacob Mundy asserted that “a web of geopolitical interests keeps the conflict in a permanent state of limbo.”
Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, looks for a disruptive event to “unbalance the deadlock,” though, he wrote, the likeliest events — the Arab Spring, the 2012 Mali crisis, and renewed oil and gas interest in the area – all have failed to do so, at least thus far.
Mundy’s conclusion: “Right now, oil is the factor to watch when it comes to the Western Sahara dispute.”
Mundy has taught at Colgate since fall 2011. He is co-author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution and co-editor and contributor to The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique. His forthcoming book is Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence.