So it looks as if Russia and Angola have blocked new sanctions against leaders of South Sudan‘s opposing factions. Once again there are diverging opinions on the best course of action among campaigners and academics. The Enough Project, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have written to the UN Security Council demanding action. Here’s what John Prendergast, … More Sanctions for South Sudan?
Fascinating interview with Alex de Waal, setting out how the “political marketplace” is a useful concept through which to understand conflict in Africa and elsewhere. Think about the political business manager, juggling incomings and outgoings. It seems to be a powerful tool to understand intervention and analyse the rise of groups such as Isil… Take … More The political marketplace
I’ve spent the past week taking my book on the road, describing its thesis to various audiences with different levels of interest in Sudan and Africa. It has been fun. I have five years of anecdotes with which to bore people. And the more I have talked about it, the more I have persuaded myself … More Reactions to Saving Darfur
Been thinking more about the motivations behind Darfur activists’ interest in Sudan, their ethical frameworks and moral reasoning following on from a previous post I wrote on Ben Wallace-Wells Darfuristan piece. It was prompted by Bec Hamilton’s invitation to comment, in which she took exception to Wallace-Wells interpretation of the peace v justice debate, which came … More Moral Imperatives and an Ethical Analysis of Darfur II
Angelina Jolie uses the occasion of Human Rights Day and Barack Obama’s Nobel prize to remind us that Darfur is still far from resolved, despite being largely forgotten. In a Newsweek piece she argues that there is much work to be done. So far so good. But once again she characterises the conflict in stark … More Angelina Jolie and the Need for Evidence-Based Advocacy