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Title:The African Union and conflict resolution in Africa: reflections on the civil war in Sudan
Author:Okereke, C. Nna-Emeka
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:civil wars
peace negotiations
African Union
Abstract:This article offers historical insights into the armed conflict in Sudan and the efforts of the AU to find a lasting solution. It posits that the root cause of the conflict can be traced to the British colonial policy of 'divide and rule' which intensified the traditional Afro-Arab dichotomy and laid the foundation for the politics of non-accommodation, which subsequently translated into overt interracial conflict after independence. The article further examines the nature of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace process in Sudan and argues that the civil war provides a litmus test for the competence of the AU in conflict resolution on the continent. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]