Negotiating violence: Sudan's peacemakers and the war in Darfur (Dr Sharath Srinivasan, African Affairs)
The journal African Affairs recently featured an article by Dr Sharath Srinivasan. The piece, 'Negotiating violence: Sudan's peacemakers and the war in Dafur', highlights the problems of peacemaking in Dafur, addressing the war's brutal beginnings, its strategic depolitization by peacemakers and how this fed into escalating violence and a cumulative failure in the international response.
CGHR Associate Dr Devon Curtis is a University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Her main research interests and publications deal with power-sharing and governance arrangements following conflict, rebel movements in Africa, the United Nations, and critical perspectives on conflict, peacebuilding and development.
Last year Dr. Curtis published a number of articles last year examining the themes of security and development:
Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Dr Sarah M. H. Nouwen, Cambridge University Press)
Of the many expectations attending the creation of the first permanent International Criminal Court, the greatest has been that the principle of complementarity would catalyse national investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related crimes and lead to the reform of domestic justice systems. Sarah Nouwen explores whether complementarity has had such an effect in two states subject to ICC intervention: Uganda and Sudan. Drawing on extensive empirical research and combining law, legal anthropology and political economy, she unveils several effects and outlines the catalysts for them. However, she also reveals that one widely anticipated effect - an increase in domestic proceedings for conflict-related crimes - has barely occurred. This finding leads to the unravelling of paradoxes that go right to the heart of the functioning of an idealistic Court in a world of real constraints.
The book is available to buy online here.
You can also read more about how Dr Nouwen returned to the field to deliver copies of her work to those who had helped her with her research in her piece for the University's website, here.
Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa is a critical reflection on peacebuilding efforts in Africa. The authors expose the tensions and contradictions in different clusters of peacebuilding activities, including peace negotiations; statebuilding; security sector governance; and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. Essays also address the institutional framework for peacebuilding in Africa and the ideological underpinnings of key institutions, including the African Union, NEPAD, the African Development Bank, the Pan-African Ministers Conference for Public and Civil Service, the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the World Bank, and the International Criminal Court.
The volume is available to buy online here.