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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52444
Doc. No:TL22398
Call number:‭MR65761‬
Main Entry:David G. Lochhead
Title & Author:Identifying the opportunities for, and hazards of, arms control in Akobo County, Jonglei State, southern Sudan, during the ‘Interim Period’David G. Lochhead
College:Royal Roads University (Canada)
Date:2008
Degree:M.A.
student score:2008
Page No:157
Abstract:This action-oriented inquiry on the opportunities and hazards of arms control in Akobo County, Jonglei State, Sudan, is informed by both historical and field research and contains an analysis of the dynamics surrounding ongoing disarmament in the research area, within southern Sudan. It is intended to be descriptive, analytical and reflective. The study explores a number of related issues that the author considers to be critical to a nuanced understanding of the potential impacts of disarmament on communities in the research area: the history of Nuer expansion; the history of firearms proliferation and use in the research area and their effects on an analysis of Nuer cultural transformation in response to colonization and competing governance structures; as well as the implications of disarmament for self-determination, state building and the 'rule of law'. The first chapter of the study is concerned with the presentation of the political and historical context for the inquiry. It covers the causes and effects of weapons proliferation within the context of Sudan's civil wars and weapons use amongst nomadic pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa. It also provides an overview of the field research findings and contemporaneous disarmament activities. This chapter finishes with a discussion of some of the main themes affecting conflict in the research area and their reflection in the literature informing the research design and research questions. Chapter 2 describes the methodology for the field study component of the research and begins a deeper exploration of the literature. It then briefly touches on some of the assumptions and ethical issues associated with the research, before exploring the definitions and literature around the inter-related issues of 'small arms' and 'human security'. Chapter 3 begins the conflict analysis portion of the study, with an exploration of geographic, political, policy, cross-border, historical and identity aspects of the dynamics affecting disarmament and security decisions in the research area. It examines the sources of conflict, the effects of conflict and potential future scenarios. The chapter also touches on gendered aspects of evolving Nuer cultural norms surrounding violence. It provides an overview of the dynamics surrounding disarmament. A detailed stakeholder conflict analysis is attached as Appendix 5 (p.132). The chapter finishes with an analysis of the relationship between 'rule of law' concepts and programmes, state-building processes and disarmament. Chapter 4 provides an historical description and analysis of the pre-colonial period, colonial period, first and second civil wars as they affect and are affected by weapons proliferation and use in the research area. Chapter 5 contains the research findings from the formal field research component of the inquiry, with analysis of the two hypotheses of the study, relating to local opinions on disarmament opportunities and hazards and on the secondary hypothesis relating to trade and disarmament. This chapter also provides further detail on the forced disarmament which took place concurrently to the field research as well as a follow-up survey that describes some of the perverse impacts of disarmament on trade. Chapter 6 explores the role of the external actor in mediation and the evolving relation between the Nuer and foreign/outside governance systems. This chapter explores competing concepts of sovereignty, cultural change, violence and legitimacy from historical, anthropological and political philosophy perspectives. Chapter 7 provides a detailed account of post-research disarmament activities (aimed at reducing the violence surrounding ongoing disarmament campaigns by the GoSS) that were at least partly influenced by the field research and assesses the political and security impacts of these events on the community in light of the field research. Chapter 8 provides conclusions from the study.
Subject:Social sciences; Sudan; Political science; 0615:Political science
Added Entry:Royal Roads University (Canada)