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South Sudan’s Crisis: Weighing the Cost of the Stalemate in the Peace Process

Jok Madut Jok | 12 August 2014

This analysis weighs the cost of the stalemate of the South Sudanese peace process. It suggests that the stalemate is costly, and that the solution to the current crisis lies with the warring parties, the South Sudanese citizenry, and the international community.

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South Sudan’s Crisis: Its Drivers, Key Players, and Post-conflict Prospects

The Sudd Institute | 3 August 2014

This analysis argues that although the crisis was triggered by power struggle within the SPLM, historical issues that remained unresolved after the CPA significantly compounded it. As well, other factors such as illiteracy, maladministration and undemocratic nature in the SPLM, lack of employment, and weak institutions all contributed to this...

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HIV/AIDS: A Threat to National Security in South Sudan

Awak Deng Bior | 22 July 2014

On July 9th 2011, South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation.  The untapped investment opportunities offered by this new nation are attracting both foreign investors and South Sudanese in the Diaspora.  This homecoming of South Sudanese from the Diaspora and the influx of foreign investors and aid workers to South...

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The Impacts of Violence on Education in South Sudan

Augustino Ting Mayai & Hollyn Hammond | 1 July 2014

Basic education is a fundamental economic necessity, but circumstances such as armed violence often make its effective provision quite grim. This is particularly pertinent in South Sudan where the delivery of social services has been greatly undermined by a recent violence.

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What is South Sudan’s Wisdom Courting Russia?

Abraham A. Awolich | 10 June 2014

The month of May 2014 had been an interesting period politically in South Sudan. During this period, the American Secretary of State, John Kerry and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, visited South Sudan to push the warring parties to seek a peaceful end to the violence that had...

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How the Federal System of Government is Misunderstood in South Sudan

Augustino Ting Mayai | 3 June 2014

South Sudan emerged as a state from over two decades of a violent conflict, fought between the Sudanese government and the southern rebels known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). Between the interim period and independence (2005-2011), the region was governed under ‘federally’ decentralized structures, constituted in both the...

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Diplomacy: A Key to Ending the Worsening Crisis in South Sudan

Abraham A. Awolich | 12 May 2014

The Violence in South Sudan worsened in the month of April amidst reports of mass atrocities against civilians in Bentiu just days after the rebels gained control of the town, and in what seems like a revenge attack, a pro-government angry mob broke into a UN base where thousands of...

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The Replacement of South Sudan Army Chief and its Implications

Abraham A. Awolich | 6 May 2014

After a very difficult week for the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) in the battle fields of Unity State, losing control of Bentiu, Leer, and Mayom and battling the rebels in Renk and other fronts in Upper Nile and Jonglei states, President Kiir announced in a decree on Wednesday, April...

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The Release of South Sudan’s Political Detainees and the Prospects for Peace

Jok Madut Jok, Abraham A. Awolich, and Nhial Tiitmamer | 28 April 2014

After several months in detention, the government of South Sudan has decided to stay the charges of treason that were brought against four prominent South Sudanese politicians in relation to the government’s allegation that they had been part of a plot to overthrow the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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South Sudan’s Mining Policy and Resource Curse

Nhial Tiitmamer | 22 April 2014

This policy brief analyzes the newly proposed South Sudanese mining sector policy using Botswana’s mining policies as standard reference and with examples drawn from a number of expert literature in extractive resources. Most resource-rich developing countries suffer poverty, political instability, civil wars, corruption, low life expectancy, high illiteracy, and high...

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