chapter  3
The US response to Darfur
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Conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan broke out in 2003 when the government unleashed the Sudanese military and Janjaweed militia to attack civilians in response to a rebellion by marginalized groups, namely the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement. The Bush Doctrine has been defined as a collection of strategy principles, practical policy decisions, and a set of rationales and ideas for guiding United States policy. In his speeches, Bush stressed foreign policy retrenchment and military transformation in preparation for the emergence of a future power balancer similar to that of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The experience in response to the atrocities in Darfur between 2003 and 2007 suggests not only that the Bush-declared war on terrorism fractured the fragile international consensus over humanitarian intervention, but also that the problem of political will bedeviled effective humanitarian intervention as it did over Rwanda.