"A Stain on Our Souls:" The Darfur Genocide During the Obama Presidency
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- May 2018
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This is the Stanford University Program on International Relations Honors Thesis Collection. Students conduct a major independent research project under faculty guidance, submit a thesis at the end of their senior year., This is the Stanford University Program on International Relations Honors Thesis Collection. Students conduct a major independent research project under faculty guidance, submit a thesis at the end of their senior year.
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- Howe, Campbell
- Patenaude, Bertrand
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Since 2003, the Sudanese government and its Arab militia proxies have conducted a genocide against Africans in Darfur, killing roughly 500,000 people and displacing 2.7 million. Public outcry compelled President George W. Bush to take diplomatic measures to end the atrocities, though they achieved little success. In 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama included Darfur on his presidential platform and denounced the genocide as a “stain on our souls.” Nevertheless, during his presidency, Obama not only failed to address the genocide, but also lifted sanctions that had been imposed on Khartoum for its criminal activities in Darfur. This thesis examines why the Obama Administration’s foreign policies in relation to Darfur were so weak. In particular, I focus on four main factors that constrained U.S. action in the region: lack of political salience, South Sudan's creation and subsequent implosion, humanitarian crises elsewhere, and China's and Russia's economic interests in Sudan. By understanding these policy constraints, we might learn how to end this long and violent genocide, as well as other humanitarian conflicts in areas with little national strategic import.
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- Howe, Campbell. (2018). "A Stain on Our Souls:" The Darfur Genocide During the Obama Presidency. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: https://purl.stanford.edu/bp232gj3148
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