The best of all possible peace deals?
Critics decry the 2005 peace agreement between the government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement as incomplete, a result of the desire of external
actors for a quick solution that is neither truly comprehensive nor sustainable. Through a chronological analysis of the peace process between 2000 and 2005, this article demonstrates that the scope for compromise was limited and that a significantly better’ deal was unlikely. The article’s ambition is to present a concise
and empirically grounded analysis of the peace process and to lay foundations for
further investigation of a crucial, contested and complicated subject in Sudan’s recent
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