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 cofounder of the Sudd Institute. Born and raised in Sudan, Jok studied in Egypt and the United States. He is trained in the anthropology of health and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Jok recently joined the Government of South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. He was a J. Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute. He is a Professor in the Department of History at Loyola Marymount University in California, from which he is on an extended leave. He has also worked in aid and development, first as a humanitarian aid worker and has been a consultant for a number of aid agencies. He is the author of three 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 Sudan. His book Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence, was published in 2007. Jok is co-editor of The Sudan Handbook, 2010.