As the highly publicized rollout of the new U.S. policy on Sudan made clear, Sudan has become an unlikely foreign policy priority for the Obama administration. For this, the Sudanese can thank the Darfur advocacy movement, which effectively put the nation on the map for the American public over the past six years.
Sudan certainly deserves every bit of attention it receives. If Africa's largest nation again implodes, it threatens to further destabilize what is already an unstable region of the world.
But the internal tension hidden within President Barack Obama's newly formulated Sudan policy is that Darfur is no longer the main attraction. Not even close.