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Inside Sudan Political Islam Conflictby Donald Petterson
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Sudan, governed by an Islamic fundamentalist dictatorship, has come into conflict with the United States and other countries not because of its religious orientation but because of its record of human rights abuses and support for terrorism. The country has captured the attention of many Americans, some of whom feel that something must be done to combat religious persecution throughout the world and others who are appalled that almost two million civilians have died as a consequence of Sudans civil war. As the last American ambassador to complete an assignment based in Sudan, Donald Petterson provides unique insights into how it has become what it is today.The central focus of Inside Sudan is on Pettersons experiences dealing with a hostile government. Petterson tells of what occurred after Sudanese security forces executed four Sudanese employees of the US government in the southern city of Juba. He relates what happened to Americans in Khartoum after Washington put Sudan on the list state sponsors of terrorism. He describes what he saw on his many trips into war-devastated southern Sudan.These unique observations, and Pettersons account of his return to Sudan in late 1997 to look for openings to improve US-Sudan relations, provide a timely review of our relationship with a country increasingly regarded by Washington as beyond the pale.
Book News Annotation:
Petterson was the last US ambassador to Sudan to complete his assignment (1992-95), had served in Somalia and Tanzania earlier, and was called out of retirement in 1998 to take charge of the embassy in Liberia. He focuses his account on his personal experiences dealing with the hostile, Islamic fundamentalist dictatorship that rules the country. He also describes his return in 1997 to look for openings to improve US-Sudan relations.
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Sudan, with the world's only Islamic fundamentalist government, is a pariah among nations, not because of its religious orientation but because of its record of human rights abuses and support for terrorism. The country has captured the attention of many Americans who feel that something must be done to combat religious persecution throughout the world. As the last American ambassador to serve inside Sudan, Donald Petterson provides unique insight into how it has become what it is today.
The central focus of Inside Sudan is on Petterson's experiences dealing with a hostile government. Petterson tells of what occurred after the Sudanese security police murdered four Sudanese employees of the U.S. government in the southern city of Juba. He relates what happened to Americans in Khartoum in the aftermath of Washington's decision to put Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Includes bibliographical references (191-196) and index.
About the Author
In thirty-five years with the Foreign Service, Donald Petterson has served as U.S. ambassador to Sudan, Somalia, and Tanzania. After his retirement in 1995, he was called back into the Foreign Service to take over the US embassy in Liberia. His previous books include Inside Sudan: Political Islam, Conflict, and Catastrophe. He lives in New Hampshire.
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