Stupid Little Island

  • Morten HeibergEmail author
Part of the Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World book series (SCCCW)


This chapter analyzes Spain’s handling of the historical conflicts in Western Sahara, the Middle East and the migration crisis in North Africa. It provides crucial new insight into the secret negotiations with Morocco and Algeria concerning Western Sahara, just as it sheds new light on the Moroccan seizure of Parsley Island in 2002, which led to a deep crisis with Spain’s Conservative government. Crucially, it examines the Spanish efforts to promote an international settlement for the conflict in Western Sahara, which was in reality annexed in 1975 by Morocco as part of their “southern provinces.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English, Germanic and Romance StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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