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Sean Brooks

Blog Entries by Sean Brooks

A Troubled Post-Election Darfur: What Did You Expect?

Posted May 11, 2010 | 16:48:43 (EST)

Elections in Sudan concluded last month with indicted war criminal Omar Al-Bashir taking 68% of the vote. With his leading competitors deciding to boycott the elections, Bashir's victory was never in doubt and, for many reasons, the international community could do nothing but assent implicitly or explicitly to the...

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What Path Next for the Sudanese Regime?

Posted April 16, 2010 | 17:29:53 (EST)

On a recent pre-election trip to Sudan, a knowledgeable analyst told me that President Omar Al Bashir's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is not a monolith but a broad church. Like other aging autocratic regimes, the NCP has largely exhausted its ideological fervor. Rather than incessantly extolling the virtues of...

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Election Intimidation and Delusions in Darfur

Posted April 9, 2010 | 17:28:51 (EST)

In scanning the news on Sudan early this morning, I came across a short item on Radio Dabanga's website "Two opposition politicians arrested in Nyala" about a government security raid on the local headquarters of two national political parties. As I wrote in an article at The New...

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Darfuri Civil Society: Still Missing from the Table

Posted March 23, 2010 | 12:10:20 (EST)

"This step constitutes a strong and vital addition to efforts to bring peace in Darfur," declared Sudan's Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha in Doha yesterday, after signing a framework agreement with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).  That may be true, but as I wrote last week,

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Bashir's Pre-Election Victory Lap at the Scene of the Crime

Posted January 15, 2010 | 17:24:33 (EST)

Can you imagine Slobodan Milosevic running for president in Srebrenica? The world would have been justifiably outraged. Yesterday, however, indicted war criminal Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir visited El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur. While not an official campaign appearance, the trip comes three days after Bashir...

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