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Title:Globalised rebellion: the Darfur insurgents and the world
Authors:Gabrielsen Jumbert, Maria
Lanz, David
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Darfur conflict
international relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43303983
Abstract:This article is concerned with the rebellion in Darfur (Sudan) as a way to illustrate the politics of insurgency in the era of globalization. The authors first show how the Darfur rebels have projected their struggle onto the world stage, before examining the effects that this has engendered. On the one hand, Darfur's global profile solidified the rebels' cause and co-opted international actors in support of it. This translated into real leverage for the rebels, and it constrained the Sudanese government by reducing its ability to use brute force. At the same time, internationalization encouraged the Darfur rebels to make maximalist demands at the expense of articulating a broader political vision addressing the root causes of conflict. Moreover, the substitution of local legitimacy for international connections lowered the barriers of entry for new groups and thus promoted fragmentation. The combination of these effects makes for intractable conflict scenarios, the current situation in Darfur being a case in point. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]