Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State

Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State

by Richard Cockett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300162731

ISBN-13: 9780300162738

Pub. Date: 07/27/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

Over the Last two decades, the situation in Sudan, Africa's largest country, has progressively deteriorated. The country is in second position on the Failed States Index; a war in Darfur has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives; President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court; and South Sudan is hoping to break away altogether.

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Over the Last two decades, the situation in Sudan, Africa's largest country, has progressively deteriorated. The country is in second position on the Failed States Index; a war in Darfur has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives; President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court; and South Sudan is hoping to break away altogether.

In this fascinating and immensely readable book, Richard Cockett gives an absorbing account of Sudan's descent into failure and what some have called genocide. This is the first book to look at all of Sudan's numerous internal wars and rebellions since independence, in Darfur, the south and elsewhere, and to show how they are interconnected. Drawing on interviews with many of the main players, Cockett explains how and why Sudan has disintegrated, Looking in particular at the country's complex relationship with the wider world. He shows how the US and Britain were initially - complicit in Darfur - and also how a broad coalition of human-rights activists, right-wing Christians and opponents of slavery succeeded in bringing the issue to prominence in the US, saving thousands of lives but pushing peace in the region even further out of reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300162738
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

List of Illustrations xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The One-City State 6

Chapter 2 Populists and Civil War, 1956-89 56

Chapter 3 The National Islamic Front and Turabi in Power, 1989-2000 96

Chapter 4 Sudan and the West: slavery, conscience and al-Qaeda 143

Chapter 5 Darfur: how the killing was allowed to happen 168

Chapter 6 Darfur: the vortex 211

Chapter 7 Surviving in the North, Failing in the South 250

Afterword 289

Notes 300

Select Bibliography 304

Index 307

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