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This project run by the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) aims to investigate the perceived limited responses to the Darfur crisis by the Arab states as well as their causes, and the role that other international actors could play to influence the apparently politically passive attitude of the Arab world in defending the victims of massive violations of human rights or genocide.

The project will develop an understanding of Arab states and society and their attitudes towards massive violations of human rights in their region; aim to generate debate about these issues within the Arab world; and seek to engender ideas about how other actors may play a positive role to engage the Arab world in redressing massive violations of human rights.

The project will:

  • Analyse the policies of Arab nations and the Arab League towards Darfur to identify crisis prevention mechanisms (or a lack thereof) within key Arab States and organisations.
  • Compare different responses by Arab actors to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur in the framework of regional multilateral organisations (AU, AL), in order to gain a better understanding of Arab policies, extract lessons learned and draw up recommendations.
  • Analyse the policies of other international actors involved in Darfur (the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and relevant international NGOs playing an advocacy role in the USA and some other countries) with an emphasis on their relationships with Arab states.
  • Analyse and report on the approaches and perceptions in key Arab countries regarding the protection of victims as well as humanitarian concepts and practices (for example, how the concepts of humanitarian intervention, international justice and the responsibility to protect are approached by academics, the local media and actors with political influence).
  • Produce two sets of recommendations: the first dealing with Darfur, and the other, a document for governments, multilateral organisations and NGOs, that may be useful in similar crises, especially in the area of protection for the victims.
  • Generate an informal network useful for future initiatives of Arab and non Arab actors.

For more information, please contact:
Cristina Barrios

Events:

-Sudan 2010-2011. Arab engagement and the case of Darfur.Hotel NH Zurbano. Madrid. España
-Darfur: the responses from the Arab world. Laico Tunis Hotel Tunis, Tunisia 01/10/2009 to 02/10/2009

Darfur Review XIII

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review XII

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


The African Union in Darfur: understanding the afro-arab response to the crisis

This paper explores the complexities surrounding the African Union’s (AU) response to the crisis in Darfur: a regional approach to what had essentially become an international problem.


The Eu's role in the Darfur crisis from 2003 until today

By Giji Gya (23/02/2010) Other publications

The aim of this paper is to analyse the policies of the European Union in relation to Darfur and the ongoing conflict in Sudan.


UN response to the Darfur crisis

By (23/02/2010) Other publications

This paper will take a look at United Nations policy towards the crisis in Darfur over recent years.


Arab official positions towards president Al Bashir's indictment

Esta investigación está basada en el análisis de las posturas árabes hacia la orden de arresto sobre el Presidente sudanés Omar al-Bashir.


Darfur and arab public opinion: strategies for engagement

Debate about Darfur in the Arab world is characterised by ignorance and distrust of the West


Realigning Us foreign policy with reality in darfur: formulating a whole-of-Sudan policy

The present text reviews the United States’ role in the Darfur crisis, the policy and positions that Washington has taken towards it since 2003, and the current administration’s actions since taking office in late January, as well as its current policy strategy.


Bridging the gap between narrative and practices: the role of the arab league in Darfur

Although there are more than 105 Darfur peace talks and initiatives carrying the signature of the Arab League (AL), the League has not gained a distinct profile in conflict mediation.


Darfur review XI

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review X

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review IX

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.

The main objective of the newsletter is to bridge the language gap between the Arab media and western audiences. This initiative takes place within the context of FRIDE’s project 'The Gap between Narratives and Practices. Darfur: Responses from the Arab world' and is funded by the Ford Foundation.


The Gap Between Narratives and Practices. Darfur: Responses from the Arab world

The Darfur conflict is a multidimensional issue with ethnic, tribal, cultural, political and economic aspects. Due to the complexity of the conflict, the responses from the different stakeholders involved have been manifold.


Darfur Review VIII

In this eight issue (October 2009), Darfur Review covers, among other topics: UNAMID’s reported military buildup in the North of Darfur, and the renewed violence in the South that complicated the circumstances for the national elections that are to take place in April 2010.


Darfur Review VII

In this seventh issue (Sep 2009), Darfur Review covers, among other topics: UNAMID acknowledgement that the situation is calm but unpredictable, which means that the international community must continue their improvement efforts; the USA’s apparent intentions to keep up their interests in Sudan; and the repercussions of the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs’ visit to five African countries.


Darfur Review VI

In this sixth issue (August 2009) Darfur Review focuses on, among other topics, the humanitarian situation in the region; the role of Egyptian diplomacy and Libya’s leader and President of the Africa Union (AU) Qaddafi in the process; and the US president's efforts to include Cairo and Tripoli in the Doha framework.


Darfur Review V

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review IV

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.

 


Darfur Review III

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review II

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In this second issue (April 2009), the newsletter does a follow up of the Sudanese and regional diplomatic movements after the ICC’s arrest warrant against President Al-Bashir.

 


Darfur review I

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In this first issue (March 2009), the arrest warrant against President al-Bashir by the ICC, the Qatari peace initiative and the expulsion of international NGOs from Sudan are addressed.


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