Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster
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Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster

by J. Millard Burr, Robert O. Collins
     
 

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Images of the genocide in Darfur have shocked the Western world: Upwards of 300,000 of its

inhabitants have died, and another 2.5 million have become refugees. Those affected by the violence are estimated at almost 4 million, 700,000 of whom are now beyond the reach of humanitarian assistance. These are staggering numbers, and the fractious insurgent groups involved

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Images of the genocide in Darfur have shocked the Western world: Upwards of 300,000 of its

inhabitants have died, and another 2.5 million have become refugees. Those affected by the violence are estimated at almost 4 million, 700,000 of whom are now beyond the reach of humanitarian assistance. These are staggering numbers, and the fractious insurgent groups involved Islamist Arab tribal militias against Christian black Africans and other militias made up of deserters of the Chad Army were and still are supported to kill, rob, and terrorize by the governments of the neighboring states of the Sudan, Chad, and Libya.

These are the consequences of a decades-long war, as J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins explained in their earlier book, Africa's

Thirty Years War: Libya, Chad, and the Sudan, 1963-1993. The Long Road to Disaster in Darfur

updates this study and covers the events of the last thirteen years.

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Foreign Affairs
This book analyzes the emergence of conflict in Darfur throughthe prism of regional politics, in particular the complex relations between Chad, Libya, and Sudan. The desert borders between the three countries have long been ignored by the often nomadic local populations that have struggled to deal with recurring drought over the last couple of decades. From the early 1960s, the Sudanese government has supported groups opposed to the regime in Chad. More recently, the regime of Idriss D�by in Chad has shared ethnic links to groups in Darfur opposed to the government in Khartoum, complicating relations between the governments. For his part, Muammar al-Qaddafi has shifted his support back and forth between different groups opposed to one of his neighbors, on behalf of grand if somewhat muddled ambitions. All three governments emerge from this account as sorcerer's apprentices, both weak and venal, but also much too ambitious from a tactical point of view given their very limited capabilities and the huge difficulties of operating in a region with few roads, a horrendous climate, and complex tribal, religious, and environmental conditions. Burr and Collins' account constitutes an excellent history of the region's politics, providing many useful insights into the current conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558764057
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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