Remember Darfur?

  Probably not. I discussed the region, the conflict and forthcoming Sudanese elections on Monocle 24’s Foreign Desk show with Steve Bloomfield and Yosra Akasha, a Sudanese activist. Mukesh Kapila, who first warned the world of what was happening, also appears on the show. You can listen to it here Some brief points: Things got worse … More Remember Darfur?

My friend went to Africa and all I got was this idea for a lousy T-shirt

Kony 2012 is not an aberration. It is the inevitable next step in a trend among charities and advocacy groups trying to connect distant disasters with donors, voters and policymakers in the west. That is laudable. But a consequence is that it has confused causes and effects, spawning a new breed of campaigner that measures … More My friend went to Africa and all I got was this idea for a lousy T-shirt

Darfur diplomacy row

Ibrahim Gambari is head of Unamid, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur. He’s a diplomat. And one of the things about being a diplomat is that you go to things when you are invited. That’s the diplomatic thing to do. And so it was that he turned up at a wedding do in Khartoum. … More Darfur diplomacy row

Peace v Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland

On one of my final visits to Khartoum I was discussing the gnarly old peace-versus-justice debate with a diplomat, who used a comparison with a peace process closer to home. She was making a point about the utility of issuing a warrant for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir even as negotiations continued for independence … More Peace v Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland