When Peace Kills Politics International Intervention and Unending Wars in the Sudans
Author: Sharath Srinivasan (David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights in the Department of Politics and International Studies)
Why do war and coercion still dominate the political realm in the Sudans, over a decade since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and despite a litany of conflict resolution efforts? This book explains the paradoxical role of international peacemaking in the reproduction of violence and political authoritarianism in Sudan and South Sudan.
Sharath Srinivasan charts the destructive effects of the peace process, from the role of north-south negotiations in fuelling war in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile to the failure of the political transformation promised by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Concluding with an analysis of peacebuilding’s contribution to South Sudan’s rapid descent into large-scale violence, he examines at close range how making peace has raised the political currency of violence.
This is an analysis of the perils of attempting to mould non-violent civil politics through neat designs and tools of compulsion, where the end goal of peace becomes caught up in constitutional texts, technocratic templates and deals on sharing spoils. When Peace Kills Politics shows that these methods, ultimately anti-political, will be resisted—violently—by dissatisfied local actors.