Beja Local Conflict, Marginalisation and the Threat to Regional Security

"This overview and analysis of the armed conflict in eastern Sudan is informed by a number of assumptions or observations:Local level armed conflicts in the Horn risk becoming inter-state conflicts because of the engagement of neighbouring non-governmental and governmental bodies. These neighbouring states, or the organisations they form, have often played a critical role in resolving these conflicts. Because of the dominant role of the states of the region in allocating resources in general conditions of scarcity, they become the focus of dissent. Many in the international community mistakenly view conflicts in the Horn solely in local terms and thus fail to appreciate that these problems are the result of dysfunctional states."