ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on how actors linked climate change and the Darfur civil war through translations and knowledge resources. It first provides a brief background about the conflict, and a chronological overview of the climate-conflict debate. It then identifies six key controversies debated by actors in context of climate-Darfur links: whether Darfur was the “first climate war”, whether climate change made rains fail in Darfur prior to the conflict, whether failed rains led to resource scarcity, whether resource scarcity drove farmers and pastoralists into conflict, the implications of climate-Darfur links beyond the conflict itself, and whether climate-Darfur narratives enable Khartoum to avoid responsibility for the conflict. This chapter then describes the translations of actors in context of each controversy and maps the knowledge resources they assembled to debate the controversies.