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STRATEGY PAPER: Chad’s Domestic Crisis Is the Achilles Heel For Peacemaking in Darfur

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STRATEGY PAPER: Chad’s Domestic Crisis Is the Achilles Heel For Peacemaking in Darfur

Posted by Eileen White Read on July 7, 2009

 

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STRATEGY PAPER: Chad’s Domestic Crisis Is the Achilles Heel For Peacemaking in Darfur
 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –While the international community remains seized with the crisis in Sudan, the inadequacies of conflict resolution efforts in Chad – host to 250,000 Darfuri refugees – continues to negatively impact peacekeeping efforts, says a strategy paper from the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress.

A comprehensive approach to peace in the region must deal aggressively with the persistent internal turmoil in Chad, where the United States is in a unique position to coordinate international pressure on the government to enact genuine political reforms, the strategy paper notes.

“If we want a lasting regional peace there has to be a strategy to deal with Chad's authoritarian governance and state weakness that have kept the country unstable,” says Enough Advisor Omer Ismail, who travels regularly to the region. “A durable regional peace is impossible without a radical change to a coercive Chadian political system that has long been dominated by the rule of the gun.”

Multiple attempts to mediate an end to the proxy war between Sudan and Chad have failed to address what Enough’s policy team identifies as the primary source of the crisis: the internal rot at the center of both Sudan and Chad. Says Enough Policy Advisor Colin Thomas-Jensen, “Diplomacy in Darfur will continue to bear rotten fruit until the international community adopts a regional approach that includes credible efforts to address the internal crises in Sudan and Chad. This requires strategic vision and leadership, which the United States can provide.”

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