Sudan lingers as one of the world’s longest running and most intractable conflicts. With a devastating toll of death and destruction in its wake, the Sudanese civil war has often left a divided international community looking painfully ineffectual as it gropes to push the warring parties toward a meaningful peace process.
ICG established a Sudan project in late 2001. Its first product is a 250-page book-length report, "God, Oil and Country: Changing the Logic of War in Sudan", which argues that a unique, and potentially short-lived window of opportunity has opened for the international community to forge a more effective approach to peace. It provides a detailed and insightful agenda for addressing the difficult issues of civil war, terrorism, oil resources, human rights abuses, religion and self-determination in Sudan. Special attention is given to the crucial role of Sudan’s neighbours and to the traffic jam of competing peace initiatives in the region and the need for uniting these efforts on a single track.
The report is based on intensive fieldwork in Sudan and extensive policy discussion in African, European and North American capitals. This comprehensive and up-to-date effort is an attempt to bring the multiple and interlocking pieces of the violence in Sudan into perspective and to offer a practical road map toward a long-overdue peace. The report will be followed by a series of shorter field-based reports.
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