Contextualizing the Cooperation Agreements between the Two Sudans
Author: Jok Madut Jok
Organization: The Sudd Institute
Type: Policy Briefs
The recent set of Cooperation Agreements signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between the Two Sudans attempts to resolve many of the so-called "post-referendum issues" between the two countries. The popular reaction to the agreements are mixed. Yet, little is known about the actual substance of the agreements and the implications for the new nation.
Based on the Sudd Institute's analysis and the contributions of featured speakers at a recent Sudd Institute public event, this Policy Brief brings to light the meaning of the Cooperation Agreements, particularly with respect to oil sharing and the '14 mile zone.' The paper also addresses issues regarding the political process through which the agreements were reached.
Jok Madut Jok is trained in the anthropology of health and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a fellow of Rift Valley Institute and Director of the Sudd Institute. Jok has held fellowship positions at a number of other institutions, including the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also served in the Government of South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for three years. He has also worked in aid and development and author of four books and numerous articles covering gender, sexuality and reproductive health, humanitarian aid, ethnography of political violence, gender-based violence, war and slavery, and the politics of identity in South Sudan and Sudan. His book Breaking Sudan: The Search for Peace, was published in 2017 by OneWorld.