Battle for Peace in Sudan: An Analysis of the Abuja Conferences, 1992-1993 [Review]

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In 1992, in an effort to end the Sudanese civil war, President Ibrahim Babangida of Nigeria offered to sponsor peace talks between the Sudanese government (dominated by the National Islamic Front), and the southern-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). Held in the Nigerian capital of Abuja in 1992 and 1993, the talks ultimately ended in failure, allowing one of the world's long est and deadliest conflicts to continue unabated. Battle for Peace in Sudan is a fascinating study of these negotiations, written by Wondu, who served as official notetaker of the SPLM delegation, and Lesch, a political scientist and Sudan specialist. The book should be required reading for anyone interested in the religious dynamics of the second Sudanese civil war, the start of which, in 1983, coincided with the regime's introduction of Shari'a hudud laws. This assertion of Islamic law, which grew stronger after 1989, antagonized the predominantly non-Muslim southern Sudanese population, and added to longstanding grievances about the country's grossly unequal regional distribution of political power and wealth.

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Heather J. Sharkey's review of Battle for Peace in Sudan: An Analysis of the Abuja Conferences, 1992-1993 by Steven Wöndu and Ann Lesch. At the time of publication, author Heather Sharkey was affiliated with Trinity College. Currently, she is a faculty member at the at the University of Pennsylvania.
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