Sudan Scholar Douglas Johnson to Speak on Conflict

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 20:20

Author Douglas Johnson, a scholar specializing in the history of North East Africa, Sudan, and South Sudan, will speak about the ongoing conflict in the Sudan at Mount Holyoke on October 4 at 11:30 am in the Warbecke Room in Pratt Music Hall.

Johnson has worked on the Sudan peace process for more than a decade. He served in the 2003 Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement negotiations over the Three Areas (Abyei, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile) and later became a member of the Abyei Boundary Commission. Since then, he has advised the government of South Sudan on north-south boundary issues.

In a presentation titled “How the Sudanese Civil War Did Not End,” Douglas will speak about the differences between modern Sudan's first civil war in the 1960s and the current war. He will also discuss the series of minor civil wars generated by, and contained within, the major conflict, as well as the regional and international factors—including humanitarian aid—that have exacerbated civil violence.

Johnson is the author of When Boundaries become Borders (2010) and The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars: Peace or Truce? (2011). The latter provides an analysis of the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have contributed to periodic outbreaks of violence between the state and its peripheries.

Johnson is speaking at MHC as a guest of Holly Hanson, professor of history. Students in Hanson’s first-year seminar, How Wars End, are studying essays written by Johnson about the conflict in the Sudan.

This event is free and open to the public.

Johnson will also speak about “Oil, People, and the Border Conflict between Sudan and South Sudan” at the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts in Springfield on October 4 at 5:45 pm.