Peace by piece: Addressing Sudan’s conflicts
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Laurie Nathan explains the failure of the DPA in terms of the conflict parties' lack of engagement in serious negotiations. The reasons were lack of trust, divisions among the insurgents, a balance of power that reinforced intransigence on both sides, and the fact that the battlefield remained the key strategic arena for both sides.

The international community used a form of deadline diplomacy to try to create pressure on the belligerent parties but unrealistic deadlines came and went without any negative repercussions; meanwhile the mediators required more time to help the protagonists to overcome their enmity and mistrust, build their confidence in negotiations and facilitate dialogue, bargaining and cooperative problem-solving.