Presentation in Porto of the International Journal of African Studies: Western Sahara – Impasse Policies

PUSL .- Last Saturday, September 28th, the International African Studies Journal entitled Western Sahara was presented – the politics of Impasse.

The African Studia journal is edited by the Center for African Studies of Porto University, and number 29 was dedicated to Western Sahara.

A journal that includes articles from academics at international level and addresses the direct and indirect actors of the conflict, emerging observers, the Saharawi Arab Republic and the Lusophone area, problematic of Western Sahara and ends with two interviews with representatives of the Saharawi people. The journal articles were published in Portuguese, English and French.

The presentation took place at the Gato Vadio Association in Porto. Prof. Maciel Santos of the Center for African Studies gave a brief presentation of the journal and its objectives, as well as the methodology followed.

Mohamed Fadel, representative of the Polisario Front in Portugal spoke about the current situation of the political conflict and the most recent events and the difficulties that the Saharawi people have faced in finding a solution to the conflict.

A short video was presented of the current situation produced by the Nushatta Foundation, a group of young Saharawi who work underground in occupied Western Sahara.

Isabel Lourenço, a researcher at CEAUP, gave a brief summary of the situation in the refugee camps and occupied territories, as well as of the Saharawi political prisoners and the ongoing judicial processes.

The presentation was followed by a space for questions and debate.

The journal can be purchased at the Center for African Studies or online:,-n%C2%BA-29 , -1-semester, -2018-detail

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