Darfur

A UN peacekeeper has been killed in Darfur. Here’s the BBC story.

My colleague Carol Hills looks at what’s behind a joint statement from the three presidential hopefuls on Darfur. Find the story in the Vote 2008 section of our website. Carol is heading up our election coverage on the web, looking at foreign policy and other international angles in the U.S. race. (See also Matthew Bell’s weekly Elections 2008 podcast.)

Lots of fresh writing on Darfur on Alex de Waal’s blog Making Sense of Darfur, including Julie Flint on the rebels and Jerome Tubiana on land and the Zaghawa. Today De Waal summarizes his recent speech at the Royal African Society in London “Can Sudan Survive?”

Eric Reeves maintains his focus on Khartoum in this latest in the Christian Science Monitor.

Meanwhile Abyei, a contested flashpoint in the North-South peace elsewhere in Sudan, has seen serious fighting recently. US diplomacy is currently focused on averting a return to war there. 

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