Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding

The Continuing Crisis in Darfur

By Johan Brosché, Daniel Rothbart

© 2013 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

This book examines the continuing devastation in the Darfur region of Sudan, from the perspective of a multiplicity of conflicts of distinct types.

The crisis reached its peak in 2003–2004, when certain Arab militias joined forces with the Sudan armed forces in a campaign against insurgent resistance movements. Engulfed in the tumult, Darfurians experienced systematic slaughter, sexual violence, and internal displacement on a massive scale. Although the violence has waned in recent years, the fighting continues to this day. The authors cast this crisis as a complex web of four distinct, yet interlacing, conflict types:

  • long-standing disputes between farmers and herders and between different herder communities
  • political struggles between the local elite leaders of the resistance movements, and those between traditional leaders (elders) and younger aspiring leaders
  • long-standing grievances of marginalized groups against those at the national centre of power
  • cross-border conflicts, primarily the proxy war waged between Chad and Sudan

The crisis in South Sudan is also examined through the lens of conflict complementarity. This book will be of interest to students of African politics, genocide, political violence, ethnic conflict, war and conflict studies, peacebuilding and IR.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Wallensteen Part 1 Violent Conflict in Darfur 1. Violence in Darfur 2. Complementary Conflicts 3. Communal Conflicts 4. Local Elites Conflicts 5. Center-Periphery Conflicts 6. Cross-Border Conflicts 7. Southern Sudan: The Continuing Crisis Part 2: Peacebuilding in Darfur 8. International Response 9. Negotiating the Conflicts in Darfur. Conclusion. Simulation Exercise: Problem Solving Workshop on Darfur

About the Authors

Johan Brosché is a PhD candidate at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Daniel Rothbart is Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, as well as Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at George Mason University, VA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

The field of peace and conflict research has grown enormously as an academic pursuit in recent years, gaining credibility and relevance amongst policy makers and in the international humanitarian and NGO sector. The Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution series aims to provide an outlet for some of the most significant new work emerging from this academic community, and to establish itself as a leading platform for innovative work at the point where peace and conflict research impacts on International Relations theory and processes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS001000
HISTORY / Africa / General
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL035010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POL037000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism