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This project run by the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) aims to investigate the perceived limited responses to the Darfur crisis by the Arab states as well as their causes, and the role that other international actors could play to influence the apparently politically passive attitude of the Arab world in defending the victims of massive violations of human rights or genocide.

The project will develop an understanding of Arab states and society and their attitudes towards massive violations of human rights in their region; aim to generate debate about these issues within the Arab world; and seek to engender ideas about how other actors may play a positive role to engage the Arab world in redressing massive violations of human rights.

The project will:

  • Analyse the policies of Arab nations and the Arab League towards Darfur to identify crisis prevention mechanisms (or a lack thereof) within key Arab States and organisations.
  • Compare different responses by Arab actors to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur in the framework of regional multilateral organisations (AU, AL), in order to gain a better understanding of Arab policies, extract lessons learned and draw up recommendations.
  • Analyse the policies of other international actors involved in Darfur (the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and relevant international NGOs playing an advocacy role in the USA and some other countries) with an emphasis on their relationships with Arab states.
  • Analyse and report on the approaches and perceptions in key Arab countries regarding the protection of victims as well as humanitarian concepts and practices (for example, how the concepts of humanitarian intervention, international justice and the responsibility to protect are approached by academics, the local media and actors with political influence).
  • Produce two sets of recommendations: the first dealing with Darfur, and the other, a document for governments, multilateral organisations and NGOs, that may be useful in similar crises, especially in the area of protection for the victims.
  • Generate an informal network useful for future initiatives of Arab and non Arab actors.

For more information, please contact:
Cristina Barrios

Events:

-Sudan 2010-2011. Arab engagement and the case of Darfur.Hotel NH Zurbano. Madrid. España
-Darfur: the responses from the Arab world. Laico Tunis Hotel Tunis, Tunisia 01/10/2009 to 02/10/2009

Darfur Review XIII

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review XII

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


The African Union in Darfur: understanding the afro-arab response to the crisis

This paper explores the complexities surrounding the African Union’s (AU) response to the crisis in Darfur: a regional approach to what had essentially become an international problem.


The Eu's role in the Darfur crisis from 2003 until today

By Giji Gya (23/02/2010) Other publications

The aim of this paper is to analyse the policies of the European Union in relation to Darfur and the ongoing conflict in Sudan.


UN response to the Darfur crisis

By (23/02/2010) Other publications

This paper will take a look at United Nations policy towards the crisis in Darfur over recent years.


Arab official positions towards president Al Bashir's indictment

Esta investigación está basada en el análisis de las posturas árabes hacia la orden de arresto sobre el Presidente sudanés Omar al-Bashir.


Darfur and arab public opinion: strategies for engagement

Debate about Darfur in the Arab world is characterised by ignorance and distrust of the West.


Realigning Us foreign policy with reality in darfur: formulating a whole-of-Sudan policy

The present text reviews the United States’ role in the Darfur crisis, the policy and positions that Washington has taken towards it since 2003, and the current administration’s actions since taking office in late January, as well as its current policy strategy.


Bridging the gap between narrative and practices: the role of the arab league in Darfur

Although there are more than 105 Darfur peace talks and initiatives carrying the signature of the Arab League (AL), the League has not gained a distinct profile in conflict mediation.


Darfur review XI

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review X

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review IX

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.

The main objective of the newsletter is to bridge the language gap between the Arab media and western audiences. This initiative takes place within the context of FRIDE’s project 'The Gap between Narratives and Practices. Darfur: Responses from the Arab world' and is funded by the Ford Foundation.


The Gap Between Narratives and Practices. Darfur: Responses from the Arab world

The Darfur conflict is a multidimensional issue with ethnic, tribal, cultural, political and economic aspects. Due to the complexity of the conflict, the responses from the different stakeholders involved have been manifold.


Darfur Review VIII

In this eight issue (October 2009), Darfur Review covers, among other topics: UNAMID’s reported military buildup in the North of Darfur, and the renewed violence in the South that complicated the circumstances for the national elections that are to take place in April 2010.


Darfur Review VII

In this seventh issue (Sep 2009), Darfur Review covers, among other topics: UNAMID acknowledgement that the situation is calm but unpredictable, which means that the international community must continue their improvement efforts; the USA’s apparent intentions to keep up their interests in Sudan; and the repercussions of the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs’ visit to five African countries.


Darfur Review VI

In this sixth issue (August 2009) Darfur Review focuses on, among other topics, the humanitarian situation in the region; the role of Egyptian diplomacy and Libya’s leader and President of the Africa Union (AU) Qaddafi in the process; and the US president's efforts to include Cairo and Tripoli in the Doha framework.


Darfur Review V

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review IV

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DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.

 


Darfur Review III

DARFUR REVIEW is a monthly selection of Arab official, journalistic and academic sources that are compiled to give an overview of the main events, opinions and documents on Darfur from the perspective of the Arab world.


Darfur Review II

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In this second issue (April 2009), the newsletter does a follow up of the Sudanese and regional diplomatic movements after the ICC’s arrest warrant against President Al-Bashir.

 


Darfur review I

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In this first issue (March 2009), the arrest warrant against President al-Bashir by the ICC, the Qatari peace initiative and the expulsion of international NGOs from Sudan are addressed.


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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

FRIDE ceased its think tank activities on 31st December 2015 for economic reasons. The Board of Trustees had to take this difficult decision since, despite many efforts to diversify its funding sources, FRIDE cannot sustain its think tank operations with a view to 2016 and beyond.

Established in 1999, FRIDE has made a major contribution to shape debate on Europe’s external activities in an increasingly challenging international environment. It has covered issues ranging from democracy and human rights to sustainable development, new approaches to multilateral cooperation and security affairs. FRIDE’s long-standing focus on the extended neighbourhood of the European Union proves today all the more relevant given widespread turbulence in the region. FRIDE’s emphasis on the importance of the values framing Europe’s external activities is central to current political debates in Europe and beyond. This shows the need for continued engagement in the pursuit of a common European foreign policy that is both effective and informed by the core values of European integration.

The Board wishes to thank Diego Hidalgo, FRIDE’s founder, for his tireless commitment and very generous support for many years. The Board also wishes to thank FRIDE’s dedicated staff, the members of the Board and the Advisory Committee for their contribution in making FRIDE one of the top foreign policy think tanks in Europe. We are very grateful to all those who have supported FRIDE’s work and projects over the years and we thank the many partners from all parts of the world who have worked with FRIDE on joint initiatives. We hope that FRIDE’s extensive input to the debate on Europe in the world will continue to inform thinking and action at a very critical time for Europe’s future.

The President of the Board


FRIDE cesó sus actividades como think tank el 31 de diciembre de 2015 por razones económicas. El Patronato tuvo que adoptar esta difícil decisión dado que, a pesar de los intensos esfuerzos realizados para diversificar sus fuentes de financiación, FRIDE no puede sostener sus operaciones como think tank a partir de 2016.

Establecido en 1999, FRIDE ha realizado una gran contribución al debate sobre las actividades exteriores de Europa en un ambiente internacional cada vez más complejo. Ha trabajado en temas que van desde la democracia y los derechos humanos al desarrollo sostenible, los nuevos enfoques en la cooperación multilateral y las cuestiones de seguridad. La atención prestada por FRIDE a la vecindad extendida de la Unión Europea durante mucho tiempo prueba ser hoy aún más relevante debido a la turbulencia que azota a la región. El énfasis de FRIDE en la importancia de los valores que enmarcan las actividades exteriores europeas es central en los debates en Europa y más allá. Esto muestra la necesidad de un compromiso continuo con la búsqueda de una política exterior europea común que sea eficaz y esté basada en los principios fundamentales de la integración europea.

El Patronato desea agradecer a Diego Hidalgo, fundador de FRIDE, por su incansable compromiso y muy generoso apoyo a lo largo de tantos años. También quiere expresar su gratitud a la dedicada plantilla, a los propios miembros del Patronato y del Comité Asesor por sus contribuciones para hacer de FRIDE uno de los principales think tanks de Europa en cuestiones de política exterior. Estamos muy agradecidos con todos aquellos que han apoyado el trabajo y los proyectos de FRIDE a través de los años y también damos las gracias a los numerosos socios de todas partes del mundo que han colaborado con FRIDE en iniciativas conjuntas. Esperamos que las extensas aportaciones de FRIDE al debate sobre Europa en el mundo continuará informando el pensamiento y la acción en un momento muy crítico para el futuro de Europa.

El Presidente del Patronato

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