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Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur What Everyone Needs to Know Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199764204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199764204
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.5 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Natsios provides a clear and dispassionate general introduction to the country's history and politics, designed for the lay reader ... The book's main achievement, though, is to succinctly explain Sudan's history of conflict and violence. (Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs)

an enlightening first port of call for those who wish to know more about this region. (Andrew S. Natsios, Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Andrew S. Natsios served as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2005, where he was appointed as Special Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan. He also served as Special Envoy to Sudan from October 2006 to December 2007. He is the author of two previous books, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Great North Korean Famine.

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This book is really well written, accessible and does exactly what it says- tells you everything you need to know to understand the fundamentals of the issues surrounding Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur. A great tool for anybody wishing to understand the conflict better or a starting point for research.
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Interesting read for those that want to understand what's happening in this conflict.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the other reviews 18 Jun. 2012
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Somewhat superficial given the extremely complex nature of the issues, it is a better book than some of these critics - who seem to have their own axes to grind - give it credit for. Natsios does know the players and the issues and has some important things to say about a volatile part of Africa.
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2.0 out of 5 stars cliff notes on sudan for neoconservatives 23 April 2012
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Andrew Natsios was a big supporter in the Bush Administration of the war in Iraq. He was rather infamous at one point for claiming the entire US spending for reconstruction in Iraq would be 1.7 billion.

Like many of his kind, he sees the dismemberment and transformation of Sudan into a series of American client states as an important priority. The book is basically a primer that distills Sudan's complicated history down to a compact form representing one point of view. Its organized in the form of what looks like talking points - question and answer - for all aspects of all conflicts in Sudan.

His views on the capabilities and history of the SPLA (south sudan) border on the delusional. He far overrates them and the army of southern sudan that followed them. He makes a case late in the book that outsiders (i.e. the US) should pour weapons into South Sudan to help maintain what he considers a balance of power but would in fact be the opposite. He also highlights the lack of air power in the south which is probably a backhanded call to give them (or rent them) an air force. He also brags about his personal role during the Bush administration of establishing ties between South Sudan and the US military.

He claims at another point that South Sudan could become the african equivilent of an "asian tiger". His theory is based in part on a theory that Singapore prospered because it was threated by China under Mao.

Reading between the lines, the long-term plan is to equip the South Sudan army with enough weapons to allow it to go to war with Sudan and/or sponsor an insurgency within Sudan that will bring down its government.

It gets two stars because it does provide a peek behind the curtain into what these people are thinking and their motivations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good background reading! 7 Oct. 2013
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Really good background information that gives those going to work there a great understanding of how Sudan and South Sudan got to where they are today.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction 7 Feb. 2014
By Ole Ebbesen - Published on
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Gives a nice introduction to South-Sudan and the history of the country.
Okay reading, glad I read it before I went.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Nov. 2014
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Very Informative. Must Read for anybody interested in the Genesis and follow up on the crisis.
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