Indigestible Lands? Comparing the Fates of Western Sahara and East Timor

Stephen Zunes

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI:
 Indigestible Lands? Comparing the Fates of Western Sahara and East Timor

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Stephen Zunes compares and contrasts territorial disputes and forces that have attempted to influence outcome of Indonesian occupation of East Timor and Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. The author concludes that the institutionalization of expanded borders led to resistance to state downsizing, and that opportunities for withdrawal from the occupied territory emerged in Indonesia only with the fall of the Sukharto regime and subsequent democratization. The author also shows how great power politics of the Cold War enabled the occupations, and the post‐Cold War international community was an obstacle to the full integration of the territories into the two states.

Keywords: Cold War; East Timor; Indonesia; international community; Morocco; Sukharto; territorial dispute; Western Sahara; Stephen Zunes

Chapter.  11822 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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