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How to Proceed in Darfur?

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The newly appointed U.N. Peace Messenger, George Clooney, gave a press conference on January 31 in which he discussed the seemingly intractable situation in Darfur: Clooney Aims to Shine Celebrity Light on U.N. (via the New York Times) Cornell University Press has published one of the premier books on the conflict in Darfur, Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide (Revised and Updated Edition) by Gérard Prunier, and there are other books on our list that may also be of interest in this connection: Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite by Carne Ross and The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda by Scott Straus. Straus’s book, which won the Award for Excellence in Government and Political Science given by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, addresses the issue of how the motivations of aggressors in ethnic conflict may be quite different than they are imagined from a distance. Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo by Iain King and Whit Mason is an analysis of UN intervention in a very different conflict that may also provide lessons for the future.

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