Darfur and Humanitarian Intervention Research Paper by mmm

Darfur and Humanitarian Intervention
An analysis of the case of Darfur, Sudan and the neo-liberal view of humanitarian intervention there.
# 103169 | 4,200 words | 18 sources | MLA | 2007 | PH
Published on Apr 27, 2008 in History (African) , International Relations (General) , Political Science (General)

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This paper presents a neo-liberal analysis of the politics of humanitarian intervention with a focus on Darfur in Sudan. It shows how the Sudanese government fails dearly in resolving the humanitarian crisis ther and, in fact, fuels the crisis. The paper looks at the urgent call for intervention from the international community and discusses the issues and disputes that arise from this intervention. The paper makes its analysis from a neo-liberal perspective.

Table of Contents:
Darfur: A Background
Humanitarian Intervention
Darfur and the Politics of Humanitarian Intervention: A Neo-liberal Analysis

From the Paper:

"Last is the issue of resources. With the discovery of oil in Sudan, many of the world's big players, like France and China, have then taken a keen interest of the issues confronting the country. The confirmation of substantial oil reserves in the contested south adds to the country's geopolitical importance. This is evidenced in the tangled US history in Sudan has veered back and forth between close support and active antagonism for decades, first according to the vagaries of regional Cold War alliances and later the exigencies of domestic American politics. Today, the dominant concerns are the "war on terrorism" - and oil. Also, the factor that China is one of the biggest investors in Khartoum and the fact that China gets its supply of oil to fuel its skyrocketing development from Sudan says a lot in its passive response to the atrocities in Darfur.
"This was seen in the role that it played in the delay in the sending of UN peacekeeping forces in Darfur. The immediate cause of the delay has been attributed is the refusal by Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, to agree to a UN force. He is able to get away with this largely because China, a permanent member of the Security Council, continues to protect him with the threat of using its veto. One reason Beijing stands behind Bashir is oil. China is trying to diversify its oil sources beyond the crisis- prone Middle East, and Africa is one obvious alternative. Already, 7 percent of China's imported oil comes from Sudan . Based on this, it is then quite clear that resources do matter in the politics of humanitarian intervention - an issue that is not given much importance in the neo-liberal perspective."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Security, Solidarity, and Sovereignty: The Grand Themes of UN Reform." The American Journal of International Law, 99 (2005)
  • BBC News, "Darfur Conflict Zones Map," http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/6213202.stm, (accessed August 31, 2007).
  • BBC News, "Q&A: Sudan's Darfur Conflict," http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/3496731.stm, (accessed August 31, 2007).
  • Dan Cornell, "Peace in Sudan Prospect of Pipe Dream?" Middle East Report 228 (2003).
  • Habitat for Humanity, "Why Habitat for Humanity is Need," http://www.habitat.org/how/why.aspx, (accessed September 21, 2007).

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