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Sudans post independence history has been dominated by political and civil strife Most commentators have attributed the countrys recurring civil war either to an age old racial divide between Arabs and Africans or to recent colonially constructed inequalities This book attempts acomplex analysis briefly examining the historical political economic and social factors which have contributed to periodic outbreaks of violence between the state and its peripheries In tracing historical continuities it outlines the essential differences between the modern Sudans first civil war in the 1960s and today including an analysis of the escalation of the Darfur war implementation of the 2005 peace agreement and implications of the Southern referendum in 2011 and the new war in Sudans new south and South Sudan The author also looks at the series of minor civil wars generated by and contained within the major conflict as well as the regional and international factors including humanitarian aid which have exacerbated civil violence This introduction is aimed at students of North East Africa and of conflict and ethnicity It will be essential reading for those in aid and international organizations who need a straightforward analytical survey which will help them assess the prospects for a lasting peace in Sudan Douglas H Johnson is an independent scholar and former international expert on the Abyei Boundaries CommissionSudans post independence history has been dominated by political and civil strife Most commentators have attributed the countrys recurring civil war either to an age old racial divide between Arabs and Africans or to recent colonially constructed inequalities This book attempts acomplex analysis briefly examining the historical political economic and social factors which have contributed to periodic outbreaks of violence between the state and its peripheries In tracing historical continuities it outlines the essential differences between the modern Sudans first civil war in the 1960s and today including an analysis of the escalation of the Darfur war implementation of the 2005 peace agreement and implications of the Southern referendum in 2011 and the new war in Sudans new south and South Sudan The author also looks at the series of minor civil wars generated by and contained within the major conflict as well as the regional and international factors includinghumanitarian aid which have exacerbated civil violence This introduction is aimed at students of North East Africa and of conflict and ethnicity It will be essential reading for those in aid and international organizations who need a straightforward analytical survey which will help them assess the prospects for a lasting peace in SudanDouglas H Johnson is an independent scholar and former international expert on the Abyei Boundaries CommissionSudans post independence history has been dominated by political and civil strife Most commentators have attributed the countrys recurring civil war either to an age old racial divide between Arabs and Africans or to recent colonially constructed inequalities This book attempts acomplex analysis briefly examining the historical political economic and social factors which have contributed to periodic outbreaks of violence between the state and its peripheries In tracing historical continuities it outlines the essential differences between the modern Sudans first civil war in the 1960s and today including an analysis of the escalation of the Darfur war implementation of the 2005 peace agreement and implications of the Southern referendum in 2011 and the new war in Sudans new south and South Sudan The author also looks at the series of minor civil wars generated by and contained within the major conflict as well as the regional and international factors includinghumanitarian aid which have exacerbated civil violence This introduction is aimed at students of North East Africa and of conflict and ethnicity It will be essential reading for those in aid and international organizations who need a straightforward analytical survey which will help them assess the prospects for a lasting peace in SudanDouglas H Johnson is an independent scholar and former international expert on the Abyei Boundaries Commission