The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), Georgetown University, Washington D.C.


Western Sahara Update:

Reviewing the Status of a Neglected North African Conflict


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University invites you to a briefing on the Western Sahara dispute, an issue that has received little attention in the United States. The briefing will examine the history of the dispute and the United Nations settlement plan and analyze recent developments.


Wednesday, February 16, 2000 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241


10:30 - 11:15     

Western Sahara: Roots of the Conflict

I. William Zartman,
Director of African Studies, The School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

11:15 - 12:30     

The UN Mission for the Referendum in the Western Sahara (MINURSO): Original Task and Later Developments

Ambassador Frank Ruddy,
Deputy Chairman of the Identification Commission in MINURSO (1994), Ruddy & Muir

The Present Situation and the Foreseeable Future  

Ambassador Charles F. Dunbar,
UN Special Representative for the Western Sahara (1998-99), Cleveland Council on World Affairs


12:30 - 1:00       LUNCH


1:00 - 2:15       

Current Sahrawi Perspectives

Anthony G. Pazzanita,
Attorney at Law,  Author of Several Books and Articles on the Conflict  

Current Moroccan Perspectives

Abdeslam Maghraoui
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University 


2:15 - 3:30       

U.S. Policy in the Western Sahara

Ambassador Richard Parker,
U.S. Ambassador (ret), Scholar in Residence, The Middle East Institute

The European Dimension  

Javier Carbajosa,
Counsellor Embassy of Spain 


Lunch will be served. Seating is limited. RSVP required. Please call (202) 687-6215 or email For more information on the CCAS, please visit

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