Date of Completion


Document Type

Campus Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Leila Farsakh


China's diplomatic movements to address the Darfur crisis, which resulted in Khartoum's consent to U.N. peacekeeping intervention in Sudan in 2007, constitute a defining moment in China's ascent within the post-Cold War international system. Despite ongoing charges by human rights NGOs that China has done little more than act as an obstruction to peace in Darfur, China's nimble multilateralism indeed brokered humanitarian intervention, all while preserving its oil empire in Sudan, its policy of non-interference, and its reputation as a "responsible player" in the international community. China's concern for the fate of sovereignty in international humanitarian law superceded its concern for the fate of millions of vulnerable Darfuris, yet its drive to pressure Khartoum for consent was not simply realpolitiic. Rather, by advocating for Sudan's sovereign rights, China sought to establish a legal precedent that would in turn safeguard its own right to self-determination in an era of increased interventionism.


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