South Sudan

Food At A Cost: The Threat of Famine in South Sudan

As South Sudan’s conflict grinds on, Sterling Carter warns of the famine ahead as the rainy season sets in. The threat of famine in South Sudan is real, and civilians are already risking rape, abduction, and murder in their search for food. Since fighting erupted last December in South Sudan, thousands of people have died and over a million have […]

Can ‘Context-Specific’ Security Programming Handle the Reality of Dynamic Circumstances?

LSE’s Mareike Schomerus discusses the role of context within security and development. It’s an easy point to make: current programmes on security and development do not pay enough attention to context. I myself have tried to land that punch during past discussions. Now I cringe when I hear about ‘context-sensitivity’ because it implies that understanding and recording ‘context’ is both […]

May 23rd, 2014|Conflict|0 Comments|

Governance Vacuums and Local Responses in Pajok, South Sudan: The Pajok Community People’s Committee

Ryan O’Byrne discusses the role of the Pajok Community People’s Committee, which is a  localised response to community-wide feelings of insecurity and marginalisation by the country’s central government. Although the personal and political conflicts currently eviscerating the SPLA continue to play out largely in terms of increasingly extreme ethno-communal violence in the northeast part of the world’s newest nation, the […]

May 5th, 2014|Conflict|0 Comments|

Predictable Causes and Prospects of the Current Political Crisis in South Sudan

Samson Wassara examines the historical roots of the current political instability in South Sudan. The political crisis of 15 December 2013 is the tip of an iceberg that remains to be dealt with in the immediate future or over a relatively longer period of time. The causes of the crisis are rooted in historical legacies of the long civil war […]

April 18th, 2014|Conflict|0 Comments|

Talk of Truth, Reconciliation and Justice in South Sudan

LSE’s Naomi Pendle paints an informative and insightful portrait of the challenges of reconciliation in South Sudan. Sitting beneath the iron-sheet roof of the small shop stuffed with clothes, adjacent to the phone-charging shop, we sipped sweet tea.  It was mid 2013.  Koang and I listened on the radio to discussions of national reconciliation in Juba.  Despite decades of war […]

January 30th, 2014|Conflict|1 Comment|

China’s Potential Mediation Role in the South Sudan Conflict

LSE’s Laura Barber asks if China is beating a slow retreat from its deep-seated foreign policy principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. Talks are still ongoing to reach a ceasefire in South Sudan, where nearly 10,000 are estimated to have been killed since the eruption of fighting between President Salva Kiir’s government troops and a rebel […]

January 15th, 2014|Conflict|2 Comments|

Some of East Africa’s brightest and best take centre stage at LSE

Lalji PfAL Scholarship recipient, Moses Mpungu hopes he and his colleagues can follow in the tradition of other world leaders who studied at LSE. There has been a strong East African flavour on the LSE campus this term, mostly due to 26 students from Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan studying for Masters degrees in the Department of International Development. The […]

December 4th, 2013|LSE|1 Comment|

Abyei’s courtship by the two Sudans – Where will it end?

LSE alumnus Jacob Dut Chol looks at challenges facing the Abyei Referendum in October this year. Two years later than planned, the Abyei Referendum will finally take place in October 2013. In July 2013, the Abyei community in Juba launched a campaign for people of Abyei to return home to register and participate in the forthcoming Referendum. I was among […]

Book Review: South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence (2012)

Dr Christine Ryan of the University of Winchester describes South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence as an accessible read tracing South Sudan’s journey to self-determination. Not since 2008 has the world seen the birth of a new country, so when South Sudan was added to that distinguished list in 2011, those unfamiliar with the history of Sudan were left curious […]

VIDEO: Challenges for a new nation: The IGC in South Sudan

South Sudan is a state still in conflict. Border tensions and the struggle over oil rents have fostered cross-border raids, Sudanese bombings of refugee camps, and reprisal incursions. The decision in February 2012 to stop pumping oil, which generates 98% of government revenue and is the country’s only export, has plunged the country into economic crisis. The International Growth Centre […]

January 9th, 2013|Economics|0 Comments|

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