African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 385

Article in Press

The Bio-Politics of (Dis) placement in Sudan: Realpolitik and power behind the IDPs’ regimes


  •  Received: 09 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 08 March 2015
Two points can be pre-introduced for this paper. Firstly, according to “natural” disasters, government policies and internal conflicts Sudan is a country with the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. Secondly, the process of south Sudan secession/independence into a new state witnesses the largest number of population movement and relocation in Sudan modern history. These two points make it necessary for academics to develop research and analysis to deepen the understanding of the phenomena to deepen the understanding of contemporary Sudan. This paper uses Michael Foucault conception of “biopolitics” as its theoretical base to study IDPs in Sudan and give a different overview. The paper, thus, starts by presenting an explanation of the concept of biopolitics and then goes in applying it to capture the main examples across Sudan. The paper is a trial to unmask realpolitik and power factor behind the soft IDPs’ regimes applied in Sudan

Keywords: Bio-politics. (Dis)placement. IDPs. Population movement