A framework peace agreement between the Khartoum regime and the Darfur-based Justice and Equality (JEM) rebel movement was sealed unexpectedly in Qatar in late February 2010. This outcome carries important implications for the future of Darfur, Sudan and the wider region. But the deal's implementation already faces difficulties, as Khartoum engages in combat against another rebel group which rejects the agreement and the JEM is suspected of prioritising its own interests above peace in Darfur. The longer-term prospect for Darfur remains in the balance.
Høigilt, Jacob (2010) Darfur between war and peace. NOREF Article. Oslo: NOREF.