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God, Oil and Country: Changing the Logic of War in Sudan
God, Oil and Country: Changing the Logic of War in Sudan
By the International Crisis Group
International Crisis Group, 2002, 274 pp

This report urges Western policymakers to help end Sudan's disastrous civil war by seizing what may be a short-lived opportunity created by September 11. American pressure on Sudan to cooperate with antiterror efforts, combined with Khartoum's desire to realize the benefits of its new oil industry, have created a struggle between moderates and hard-liners for the soul of the country's ruling Islamist party. The report argues that with enough international use of sticks and carrots, a viable peace agreement could be achieved. It is not hard to determine the essential ingredients of such an agreement and the steps needed to lay a foundation for a more democratic future political system. What will be more difficult is clearing the traffic jam of existing competing peace initiatives so that a unified process, preferably centered around John Danforth, President George W. Bush's special envoy to Sudan, can be mounted to take advantage of the present window of opportunity. A clear assessment of the policy options.