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Friday, March 30

Prunier responds to Mamdani on Darfur

In the current issue of the London Review of Books, Gerard Prunier responds to Mahmood Mamdani's earlier LRB article on Darfur, which Aaron discussed here. Prunier finds fault in Mamdani's comparison between the conflict in Darfur and those in Iraq and DRC. The counterinsurgency in Iraq, for example, is organized by a foreign power and "whatever one thinks of US policy in Iraq it has no genocidal component." As for the DRC, Prunier argues that the Hema-Lendu dynamic of the conflict that Mamdani focuses on represents a small fraction of the violence there. Prunier also questions Mamdani's characterization of Arab identity in Sudan.