Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State

Sudan Darfur and the Failure of an African State Over the past two decades the situation in Africa s largest country Sudan has progressively deteriorated the country is in second position on the Failed States Index a war in Darfur has claimed hu

  • Title: Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State
  • Author: Richard Cockett
  • ISBN: 9780300162738
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the past two decades, the situation in Africa s largest country, Sudan, has progressively deteriorated the country is in second position on the Failed States Index, a war in Darfur has claimed hundreds of thousands of deaths, President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, a forthcoming referendum on independence for Southern Sudan threatens tOver the past two decades, the situation in Africa s largest country, Sudan, has progressively deteriorated the country is in second position on the Failed States Index, a war in Darfur has claimed hundreds of thousands of deaths, President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, a forthcoming referendum on independence for Southern Sudan threatens to split the country violently apart.In this fascinating and immensely readable book, the Africa editor of the Economist gives an absorbing account of Sudan s descent into failure and what some have called genocide Drawing on interviews with many of the main players, Richard 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 United States and Britain were initially complicit in Darfur but also how a broad coalition of human rights activists, right wing Christians, and opponents of slavery succeeded in bringing the issues to prominence in the United States and creating an impetus for change at the highest level.

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    1. Comprehensive and readable for learning the basics of Sudanese history - obvs a bit out of date now but that can't be helped

    2. Martin Meredith's "The Fate of Africa" is the definitive book for an overview of African history, but anyone who wants more detail on perhaps the geopolitically most important African state of the 21st century should pick up this book (oddly mistitled here, actually named "Sudan : Darfur and the failure of an African state"). The name is a bit deceptive as much of the boko, particularly the early portion, focuses more (justifiably) on the North/South conflict that has really defined Sudan since [...]

    3. As a country was torn to shreds with so much needless bloodshed and the world stood by and watched and did nothing. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for the wholesale slaughter of these people. This is a must read.

    4. nwhytevejournal/1557396mlCockett is the Economist's Africa editor, and has produced here a very readable account of the last few decades and years in Sudan, explaining how the Darfur crisis came about and exploring the international reaction to both Darfur and the sputtering implementation of the peace agreement between the government in Khartoum and the southern part of the country.Among those professionally engaged in Sudanese matters I am a member of the small minority who are not covering Da [...]

    5. I read this book in order to write a paper on interstate conflict for grad school. As I was unfamiliar with the Darfur conflict, I read this book in its entirety, and found that it provided an excellent historical background and details regarding the conflict. There are only two points that I wish were developed further: 1. An explanation of the patronage system / corruption within Khartoum; and 2. A more detailed explanation regarding George W. Bush's involvement in the region and how his invol [...]

    6. This is a well written, easy read. Richard Crockett does an excellent job intertwining historical data with personal interviews. Although it was written prior to the split of Southern Sudan, it lays a perfect foundation for those who want to know why this country has failed.

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