Announcing the release of a new online book by Sudan expert (and GPANet member) Eric Reeves, Compromising with Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 - 2012.
This extensive resource is freely available in a searchable format on the project's website: CompromisingWithEvil.org. In the author's words, it "attempts to contribute to the archival account of conflict (in Sudan) and its consequences throughout greater Sudan over the past five years." The text comprises numerous analyses and publications focusing on South Sudan, the border regions, Abyei, and the continuing human catastrophe in Darfur.
More on the book content and structure: read here.
"What distinguishes the writings of Professor Eric Reeves is not only consistency but
also the creative marriage of high intellectual research with strict, unshakeable moral
commitment to democracy and human values."
Alhag Ali Warrag, editor-in-chief of al-Hurriyat (Khartoum/Kampala) and 2012
recipient of the Oxfam/PEN Award, given to writers and journalists defending
freedom of expression.
"No one has written about the recent history of the Sudan with greater moral force,
intellectual integrity, empirical knowledge, and political insight than Eric Reeves. This is
an eBook that should be available on every political website."
Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, New Jersey), editor of
Dissent Magazine and author of Just and Unjust Wars.
"Professor Eric Reeves has managed in this book to provide one of the most outstanding
and meticulous archival accounts of this critical period in the history of the Greater
Luka Biong Deng Kuol, co-chair of the Abyei Oversight Committee and former
Minister for Presidential Affairs in the Government of South Sudan.
"Many of those who have claimed to steadfastly stand by the victims of mass atrocities in
Sudan have compromised their position and, perhaps out of fatigue, ignorance, or
bewilderment, walked away. Eric Reeves is the exception. He has resisted the fickle
throes of the day and maintained an intense and unparalleled focus on the greater tragedy:
the deliberate and unremitting strategy of mass murder and starvation perpetuated by the
Khartoum regime against the inhabitants of the greater Sudan. This work is a testament to
"It provides an uncompromising and powerful resource detailing the last five torturous
years in Sudan, from the failure of the international community in Darfur, and the border
regions of Abyei and South Kordofan, to the impending war with the newly independent
state of South Sudan. The contents of this work provide the empirical basis for renewed
and increasing efforts to stop the atrocities in Sudan, or at very least a historical record to
guard against claims that we simply did not know what was happening."
Lt.-General the Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire (retired), Member of Canadian Senate.
Commander, UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR); his book Shake
Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the
Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction (Canada) in 2004.
"For nearly 14 years, Eric Reeves has been by far the most consistent analyst of what is
now two Sudans. Published in some of the more accessible outlets, on his blog and
distributed through his email list or presented in testimonies in the United States
Congress, his accounts of the humanitarian situation in Darfur, the genocide in the Nuba
Mountains, the flagrant violations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement by Khartoum,
and the ongoing crises on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, have all been
made more relevant to decisions made by the international community on Sudan than any
other material that I am aware of. That this eBook brings most of these analyses together,
with appendices and clear references, makes Reeves's work more application-oriented
than ever. The human rights activist, the humanitarian aid worker who needs to
understand the context, the peace activist and the mediator between the two Sudans,
should all have Compromising with Evil as a guide book."
Jok Madut Jok, Professor of History at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles) and
author of War and Slavery in Sudan. He is founder and executive director of the
Marol School (Warrap State, South Sudan) and Undersecretary for the Ministry of
Culture, Government of South Sudan.
"Eric Reeves has made an invaluable contribution to international advocacy on Sudan.
He brings the rigour of an academic to the conversation, but he writes with the passion of
his heart. He has a deep sense of what is right and just, and this drives him to document
and analyse the wrong he sees in Sudan. His contribution to the struggle for justice and
freedom in both Sudan and South Sudan has been (and still is) invaluable, and is much
appreciated by the people of both nations."
John Ashworth, former advisor to the Sudan Ecumenical Forum who has worked
for thirty years in the cause of a just peace for South Sudan.
"Eric Reeves is the Government of Sudan's most engaged and informed critic. Other
analysts falter in the face of the grim complexity of events in Darfur and Kordofan and
South Sudan. But Reeves's unrelenting attention has produced a devastating catalogue of
the Government's continuing abuse of its citizens-and the inadequate response of the
UN and the world powers. The rulers of Sudan have presided over an enormity of
suffering; this book presents the case they have to answer."
John Ryle, Legrand Ramsey Professor of Anthropology Bard College and author,
Warriors of the White Nile.
"A must read. Eric Reeves writes about the hopelessness, the betrayal, the neglect, and
the suffering of the Sudanese people. This is an important reminder of our failure to help
end the suffering of the people of Sudan. In describing the Khartoum regime, our friend
the late John Garang once said, ‘They are too deformed to be reformed.' Eric brilliantly
proves the case."
Ted Dagne, Former Congressional aide and senior Africa researcher at the
Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
"Eric Reeves is a ‘one hundred percent' kind of guy when it comes to working to protect
all the diverse victim populations of Omer Bashir and his National Islamic Front cabal in
Khartoum. Eric, in good health and even when his life has been at risk, consistently has
given his all on behalf of the folks Bashir has targeted for extinction for 23 years. Eric's
weapons are words, facts and principles. He does all he can to tell the victims' and
would-be victims' stories and to document the criminal actions of the Bashir forces and
strip them morally naked. This publication is another tool to do just that."
Roger Winter, former Executive Director of the US Committee for Refugees, and
former U.S. Special Representative on Sudan.
"Eric Reeves has been writing about contemporary Sudanese issues for over a decade,
documenting on a regular basis that country's slide into deeper violence and the
successive failures of its peace processes. A professor of English Language and
Literature at a well-known American liberal arts college, he was an unlikely candidate to
become what some now call ‘a one-man lobbying machine.' He has built up an
impressive network of contacts, informants and partners in reporting the tragedy that has
become Sudan, the evaporation of any realistic prospect for a democratic transformation
in that country, and the inadequacies of the international community's diplomatic
interventions. This sequel to his 2007 archival account, A Long Day's Dying: Critical
Moments in the Darfur Genocide, is a timely reminder of how extensive his coverage has
been not only of the Darfur crisis, but of the un- raveling of the 2005 Comprehensive
Peace Agreement and renewed fighting within Sudan's ‘New South': the Sudan/South
Sudan frontier. It makes for very uncomfortable reading, and we are fortunate that, rather
than give up in despair, Eric Reeves has persevered."
Douglas H. Johnson, Oxford University, author of The Root Causes of Sudan's
Civil Wars: Peace or Truce (revised ed. 2011); former member of the Abyei
Boundaries Commission and author of "The Road Back from Abyei" (Rift Valley
"Eric Reeves is the unparalleled voice of conscience and substance on the genocidal
dimensions of the conflict in Darfur and Sudan. His cumulative knowledge and informed
advocacy is ceaseless, and unsurpassed. This remarkable book is a key to understanding
how change can happen in this unconscionably neglected part of the world."
John Hagan, MacArthur Professor of Law and Sociology, Northwestern University
and co-author of Darfur and the Crime of Genocide.
"No one has fought for justice in the Sudans like Eric Reeves. Don't be deterred by the
polemic: his sources are impeccable and his analyses spot on. This compendium by
Professor Reeves will be indispensable to those needing a reference book for a vast and
Gillian Lusk, writer on Sudan and South Sudan for thirty years.
"This book is a testament to the gravity of the human rights abuses in Sudan and
the failure of the world to deal properly with the crisis. Eric Reeves has,
painstakingly, put together the most comprehensive account to date of the
despicable atrocities of the Bashir regime against the people of Sudan. If one man
can do this, we can only imagine what we would have done, collectively, to save
Omer Ismail, Darfuri activist, co-founder of the Darfur Peace and
Development Organization, senior analyst on Sudan for the Enough Project.
"For the past few years, while the world has been stunningly silent, Eric Reeves has
continued to write about the atrocities and immensely destructive policies of the Sudan
government. His 2007 book, A Long Day's Dying, brought many of the atrocity crimes in
Darfur to international attention. While some skeptics or deniers, such as Mahmood
Mamdani, dismissed his writings, activists in Darfur and elsewhere continue to be
sustained in their commitment by virtue of the research of A Long Day's Dying.
"His new and lengthy eBook, representing much of his writing from 2007 to the present,
makes a great deal more key information available concerning the evolving crises in
Darfur, the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and the border region between North and South
Sudan. In recent years the international community has chosen to turn a blind eye to what
is happening in Darfur and Sudan. For his part, Eric Reeves has continued relentlessly to
expose the failure of the international community in bringing about peace to Sudan,
whether through implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005 or the
UNAMID mission in Darfur.
"Reeves's new eBook contains 14 annexes, each dealing with a specific topic of
controversy that demands to be read. I strongly that urge those concerned about Sudan to
read this new publication, which offers a sobering view of the deteriorating situation in
both North and South Sudan."
Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, Darfuri activist and the former director of the Amal
Center for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (Nyala, South
Darfur); Robert F. Kennedy human rights award laureate for 2007.