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Title:Dimensions of the Darfur crisis and its consequences: an Arab perspective
Author:Hassan, Hamdy A.ISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Darfur conflict
international relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246021003736609
Abstract:The author explores the Darfur conflict and the future of the region from an Arab perspective, looking at the local, regional and international dimensions of the conflict. From a local viewpoint, the Darfur crisis is deeply rooted in the environment and competition over scarce resources. However, while recognizing the importance of development and economic perspectives, some observers point out that a sharp division among the ruling governing elite - and in particular the two wings of the Sudanese Islamic movement - is at the core of the crisis. As for regional factors, in general there is no doubt that the conflict in Darfur has altered and reconfigured regional interactions between neighbouring Arab and African countries, with every regional party attempting to influence the conflict to further its own interests. Internationally, the West views Darfur as a conflict between Arabs and Africans, or as an organized campaign of ethnic cleansing, which de-emphasizes that the crisis has another aspect, viz.the imperialistic greed and rivalry in the region after the end of the Cold War era. After examining the positions vis--vis Darfur of the United States, China, the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, the author concludes that the exit strategy for Darfur requires judicial reform and security as well as political and economic reforms, and the support and cooperation of the international community, particularly the Arab and Muslim States. Ref., sum. (p. VI). [ASC Leiden abstract]