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Sudan Task Group

The Sudan Task Group (STG) is committed to peace in Sudan through programs that entice and empower the people of Sudan to build positive relationships and a common vision for the future. 

Objectives

  • To build peace in the Darfur region of Sudan through methods of Track II diplomacy
  • To produce original research on the conflicts in and around Sudan
  • To provide capacity-building for peace education in Sudan

Activities

Siena Peacebuilding Workshop 1 (Darfur 2009): Toward Breaking the Impasse

This consultation was the first in a series of workshops on the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. The organizers of this event brought together 17 representatives from six resistance movements engaged in the civil war in Darfur. The particular objectives were as follows: (1) to establish among the factions a commitment to peace in Sudan, (2) to renounce the use of violence as a means for settling grievances between the factions, and (3) to seek improved relations among the factions currently engaged in conflict in Sudan.

Designed as a problem solving workshop, this consultation offered a forum for unofficial, off-the-record, and noncommittal dialogue, analysis and the creation of options. From this four-day event, participants developed a statement of accord and a proposal for cooperation. This statement provides a clear commitment to peace, to a renunciation of the use of violence as a means for settling disputes, and to the critical importance of cooperative relations among the resistance movements. And in the end the participants expressed their approval of the method and result of this consultation, as one participant declared:  “We need to meet again very soon. Everyday our people are dying. So, this wonderful work must continue to meet again very soon. We need to keep this work going.” 

Certosa di Pontignano, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
July 1 to July 4, 2009

Siena Peacebuilding Workshop 2 (Darfur 2011): Darfur at the Crossroads

On February 7-12, the Sudan Task Group (STG) convened a problem solving workshop, “2011: Darfur at the Crossroads” in Siena, Italy. Towards the goal of building peace in this war-torn region of Sudan, the workshop conveners brought together representatives from some of the major resistance movements in Darfur as well as influentials from various sectors of Sudanese civil society—particularly non-governmental organizations and academia. The workshop was designed to complement the official negotiations underway at the Track I level, offering a forum for mutual conflict analysis and creative problem solving that avoids the constraints and pressures often associated with formal negotiations. Workshop participants were brought together to develop a common understanding of the crisis, craft a shared vision of the future of Darfur in Sudan, and explore possible collaboration in building a sustainable peace in Darfur.  For this workshop the STG collaborated with the University of Siena, Department of Contemporary and Comparative History. 

Certosa di Pontignano, University of Siena
February 7 to February 12, 2011

Research on Conflicts in Sudan

Book:

Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding: The Continuing Crisis in Darfur, Johan Brosche, Daniel Rothbart, 2013, Routledge Press.

Articles:

“Sudan and South Sudan at the Crossroads,” Journal of Peace and Development, 2017. Forthcoming.

Ideology and Cultural Violence in Darfur” Daniel Rothbart, Conflict Trends, ACCORD, Issue 3, 2016.

"Darfur: The Crisis Continues." Daniel Rothbart, Adeeb Yusuf, Beyond Intractability, 2013.

Sudan and South Sudan: Post-Separation Challenges,” Daniel Rothbart, Adeeb Yusuf, Beyond Intractability, 2013.

Conference Presentations:

“Ideology, Cultural Violence and Ethnic Cleansing in Darfur,” Daniel Rothbart, Adeeb Yusuf, International Studies Association, March 2017.

“Ethnic Cleansing in Darfur,” Daniel Rothbart, Adeeb Yusuf, Facing a Violent Past: Dealing with History and Memory in Conflict Resolution, April 22nd, 2016.

“Ethnic Identity and Violent Conflict:  A Global Perspective,” Keynote Address, Daniel Rothbart, 2016 Conference on Politics, Conflict and Development, Virginia International University, April 17, 2016

“Conflict Research: A field in Flux,” Daniel Rothbart, Keynote presentation, Symposium for Conflict Analysis Tools and Methods Capacity Building Training Project, Khartoum, Sudan, August 16, 2014.

“Ethnic Cleanings in Darfur,” Daniel Rothbart, Keynote Presentation, Guilford College, March, 2013. 

Capacity Building in Conflict Research, August 2014

Two S-CAR faculty members, Daniel Rothbart and Sudha Rajput, traveled to Khartoum, Sudan to facilitate a one-day symposium and five-day workshop entitled “Conflict Analysis Tools and Methods Capacity Building.” Supported by USAID and the international organization, AECOM, the symposium and workshop were hosted by the Centre for Peace and Development at the University of Bahri, Khartoum, and took place at the Grand Holiday Villa, near the banks of the Nile River. These events represent the first academic gathering among faculty from Sudan and South Sudan following the independence of South Sudan in 2011.

The thirty workshop participants came from Khartoum, Omdurman, Darfur, Upper Nile, Al-Fashir, Haifa (Sudan), Juba, and Bahr al Jabal (South Sudan). The participants reflected multi-dimensional diversity of gender, age, and nationality (Sudanese and South Sudanese), with some representing the United Nations Africa Mission in Darfur, IFAD, or other international agencies. Participants also represented varied academic backgrounds—Doctorates, Masters, and PhD candidates—and research interests, including the livelihood issues of marginalized communities, internally displaced persons (IDP)/refugee issues, modernization and indigenous populations, women and conflict, ethnic-based conflicts, human rights, and development.

From S-CAR News, Volume 8, Issue 7, 2014: Read the full article

Director

Daniel Rothbart, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
 

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