Interview: Mahmood Mamdani on Darfur

June 2009 In his new book Mahmood Mamdani puts the war in Darfur in historical context and challenges the Save Darfur Coalition’s characterisation of the conflict and its call for international intervention. He talks to Charlie Kimber You reject the label...

Alex De Waal on Saviors and Survivors

Mahmood Mamdani’s Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror is the most ambitious book yet on the Darfur crisis.  Unlike the vast majority of other writing on the crisis, which is political science, human rights, or ethnographic narrative,...

Understanding the Political Identity of Saviors

Alex de Waal will likely prove right over the controversy that will surround Mahmood Mamdani’s reframing of the conflict in Darfur. Particularly from the perspective of human rights advocacy (not to mention R2P advocates who display an alarming faith in the use of...

Save Darfur’: Emancipatory American Exceptionalism?

Several contributors to this blog have disputed Mahmood Mamdani’s arguments about the links between ‘Save Darfur’ (in the wider sense of the mass movement) and the George W. Bush Administration’s ‘global war on terror,’ or conversely supported them. I think there is...