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The African Union and the Botched Responsibility to Act on Behalf of South Sudan’s Victims of Conflict

Jok Madut Jok | 17 March 2015

The recent leak of a draft report attributed to the African Union Commission of Inquiry for South Sudan (AUCISS) has coincided with the termination of the peace talks between the government and rebel forces under the auspices of the East African regional block, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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The Impracticality of Sanctions and Why Diplomacy Makes Sense in South Sudan

Nhial Tiitmamer; Abraham Awolich | 17 February 2015

This paper analyses whether sanctions can stop the war in South Sudan. Prior evidence shows that when sanctions in any forms are imposed, they do little in most cases to change the behaviors of the warring parties.

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Investing in Human Capital: Putting our Money Behind Our Words

Juliana Bol | 31 January 2015

This analysis illustrates the Government of South Sudan’s (GoSS) investment in basic services, especially health. It assesses planned government spending as a barometer of national priorities, focusing on the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The focus is on social accountability or justice—the need to ensure that South Sudanese have access to basic...

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National Reconciliation in South Sudan: How to Translate Political Settlements into Peace in the Country

Jok Madut Jok | 31 January 2015

As South Sudanese leaders, IGAD mediators and the rest of the international community, meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to seek a political settlement for the on-going conflict, there is need for a reminder that a peace agreement that they might reach on the basis of power-sharing alone will most likely...

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Simplifying the Arusha Intra-SPLM Reunification Agreement

Augustino Ting Mayai; Jok Madut Jok | 27 January 2015

South Sudan broke apart and plunged into a violent confrontation in December 2013 following bitter disagreements within the top leadership of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), splintering the party into several groupings. The conflict shockingly started merely 2 years after the country seceded from the Sudan, in 2011.

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Understanding the Implications of the Pagak and Juba Peace Conferences

Augustino Ting Mayai | 13 January 2015

On 25th August 2014, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a East African regional block that has since taken on an essential role of mediating the South Sudanese warring groups, the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) and Sudan’s People Liberation Army/Movement-In Opposition (SPLA/M-IO), set out a negotiating instrument for resolving South...

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Embattled for Legitimacy: GoSS and the 2015 Elections

Augustino Ting Mayai | 6 January 2015

Restoring peace in South Sudan remains tenuous, as the rival groups, the rebels and government, are increasingly becoming less committed to a peaceful resolution of the violence. Attempts by regional and international bodies to stamp out South Sudan’s raging violence during the last year have proved futile.

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Inclusivity: A Challenge to the IGAD-Led South Sudanese Peace Process

Zacharia D. Akol | 7 December 2014

For eleven months now, the northeastern African regional bloc, the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has been leading the world’s response to the crisis in South Sudan. In a move designed to supposedly ensure a comprehensive resolution of a violent conflict between South Sudan’s warring parties, the Government of South...

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