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Conflict management and opportunity cost: the international response to the Darfur crisis

Lanz, David. (2008) Conflict management and opportunity cost: the international response to the Darfur crisis.

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Abstract

The conflict in Darfur has triggered an international response that eclipses all other conflicts in Africa. Yet, the Darfur conflict appears further from resolution than ever. This comment argues that one reason for the ineffectiveness of international conflict management efforts in Darfur is that different actors contradict each other, despite their good intentions. It is not possible to simultaneously run a humanitarian operation, deploy peacekeepers, try the Sudanese President in an international court, negotiate a peace agreement, and foster the democratic transition of Sudan. Conflict managers in Darfur and elsewhere must learn to set priorities and to recognize that their decisions have opportunity costs.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft > Politikwissenschaft (Goetschel)
09 Associated Institutions > swisspeace foundation
09 Associated Institutions > swisspeace foundation > Peace Research (Goetschel)
09 Associated Institutions > swisspeace foundation > Statehood and Conflict (Péclard)
UniBasel Contributors:Lanz, David
Item Type:Preprint
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:FRIDE
Note:Note: FRIDE’s Comments provide a brief and concise analysis of current topics in international affairs in the fields of peace and security, democratisation, human rights, and humanitarian action and development. -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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