n African Security Review - A plan for military intervention in Darfur : essays

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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This article contains a plan on how the African Union / United Nations hybrid force authorised by the UN Security Council in July 2007 could realistically and effectively use military power to save civilian lives in Darfur. It is envisaged that the international force, given its limited size, would mainly focus on protecting and policing refugee and internally displaced persons camps, rather than trying to stop all violence in the region. This intervention is unlikely to provoke a violent military reaction from the Sudanese government. In fact, a careful analysis of the conflict suggests that Khartoum has been engaged in a scorched-earth counterinsurgency rather than in an attempt to exterminate Darfur's 'black' population as an end in itself, and thus would stand to benefit from interveners' efforts to keep the camps demilitarised.

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