Nasty Neighbors

It’s bad enough that the international community has failed, five years in, to end the genocide in Darfur, and worse still that it reacted with no urgency when the Darfur crisis bled into neighboring Chad.  With the root causes of conflict in each country still untended, and tensions between the two governments rising, this regional crisis is poised to deepen.  In ENOUGH’s most recent report, Policy Advisor Colin Thomas-Jensen argues that relations between Chad and Sudan are so volatile and international diplomacy so feeble that a recent non-aggression pact between the two countries is actually a warning sign for more conflict to come.

Read the report here

These quarrelsome neighbors have signed four peace accords in the past two years, and in each instance fighting broke out shortly thereafter. “Diplomacy thus far to deal with the dangerous proxy war between Sudan and Chad has been mostly empty theatrics,” says Thomas-Jensen.  “A full-court diplomatic press to resolve the conflict in Darfur must be matched with efforts to bring about profound political changes inside Chad and, ultimately, end the proxy war between Sudan and Chad.”  Unless the United States and other key international actors boost their diplomatic capacities in the region and get more involved in the peacemaking process, the region will remain a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe.

Read the report here

For more information on the conflict, check out “Creating a Peace to Keep in Darfur,” a joint report of the ENOUGH Project and Save Darfur Coalition, and “Is Anyone Serious about Ending the Political Crisis in Chad,” a report on Sudan’s destabilizing policies and Chad’s internal political crisis by Colin Thomas-Jensen.

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