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Communal conflict, civil war, and the state: Complexities, connections, and the case of Sudan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1282-9823
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5673-9056
2012 (English)In: African Journal on Conflict Resolution, ISSN 1562-6997, E-ISSN 2309-737X, Vol. 12, no 1, 33-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses communal conflict, which we define as violent conflict between non-state groups that are organised along a shared communal identity, and how such conflicts relate to state-based violence. We argue that a deeper understanding of communal conflicts, the different types of dynamics and conflict issues, as well as of the complex connections between communal conflicts and other forms of organised violence, is necessary for improving academic research as well as for better informed policy and interventions. Our arguments are illustrated through a case study of Sudan. The article makes three main contributions: first, it shows that communal conflicts often have grave consequences, and illustrates several linkages between communal conflicts and state-based conflicts. Secondly, it demonstrates that a correct analysis is necessary before any party intervenes, in order to understand in what ways the communal conflict may be entangled with other types of organised violence. Thirdly, the article underlines that communal conflicts need to be taken into account both when signing a peace agreement and in the post-conflict situation, to avoid the risk that conflict and violence merely spills over from one type to another.

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Mount Edgecombe: African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) , 2012. Vol. 12, no 1, 33-60 p.
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Communal Conflict, Civil War, Sudan
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Social Sciences
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Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179859DOI: www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%EF%BF%BCcommunal-conflict-civil-war-and-the-state/OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179859DiVA: diva2:546769
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2017-10-19

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