Darfur - "Darfur and the Genocide Debate" Scott...

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“Darfur and the Genocide Debate” Scott Straus Given summary: As western Sudan continues to suffer, much international attention has focused on whether to call what is happening there "genocide." Yet once the term was invoked, it did not trigger outside intervention. Terminology turns out to matter far less than was expected. And once more, the world has dithered while people die. -Crisis in Darfur has shown that the energy spent fighting over whether to call the events there “genocide” was misplaced, overshadowing difficult but more important questions about how to craft an effective response to mass violence against civilians in Sudan -Darfur crisis in western Sudan stemmed from several conflicts: 1) The Civil War between the Islamist, Khartoumbased national government and two rebel groups based in Darfur 2) Darfur was never represented in the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development which mediated the peace negotiations for the Civil War), and Darfur rebels decided to strike partly to avoid being left of any new political
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PS 061 taught by Professor Eichenberg during the Fall '08 term at Tufts.

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