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CANCELLED: Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim -- Darfur Seminar

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


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This seminar has been cancelled.

Darfur Seminar
with Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

The conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur was classified in 2008 as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. By 2008, the war which erupted in 2003 caused 250,000 deaths and 2 million displaced and refugees mostly in Chad and Central Africa Republic. Two internationally mediated treaties in 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria and 2011 in Doha, Qatar have failed to bring sustainable peace to Darfur and to Sudan. 

Many observers wonder whether Darfur is following the footsteps of South Sudan and will ultimately secede from Sudan. What are the root and underlying causes of the conflict in Darfur and what is the future of Sudan amid these old and new conflicts in Darfur and other parts of the country e.g., South Kordofan, Blue Nile? 

These and other relevant issues will be reflected on and discussed in two lectures on March 14 and 16.

Suggested Readings
1) Darfur: A Short History of a Long War (by Julie Flint and Alex De Waal)
2) Darfur: A New History of a Long War (African Arguments) by Julie Flint and Alex De Waal
3) Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide, third edition (by Gerard Prunier)
4) War in Darfur and the Search for Peace (Studies in global equity) by: Alex De Waal, Julie Flint, Ali Haggar and Musa Adam Abdel Jalil
5) Islamism and Its Enemies in the Horn of Africa (by Alex De Waal) 

Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim is a Sudanese scholar, social anthropologist academician, researcher, human rights and political activist with a strong pro-democracy orientation. El-Bashir is also a columnist with regular and significant contribution to the hot and current issues in Sudan particularly on civil wars, unequal development, fundamentalism and human rights violations. At present he is a senior official at the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) currently holding the position of Country Representative for the organization in Eritrea, in East Africa.

Location: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.