South Sudan

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

By Mareike Schomerus This piece originally appeared as part of ODI’s Development Progress series ‘What role for security in development progress?’. 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 […]

JSRP Survey Report on Western Equatoria, South Sudan

By Anouk S. Rigterink, John J. Kenyi and Mareike Schomerus Our new report describes the findings of a survey conducted by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, in 2013. The survey is based on a representative sample of 433 individuals in the Ezo County and the two southern-most payams of Tambura County. The […]

1st May 2014 Book Launch: ‘Negotiating Borders: Defining South Sudan’

Chair: Mareike Schomerus, LSE
Speakers: Oystein Rolandsen, Edward Thomas, Christopher Vaughan, Lotje de Vries

Room 2.02, Clement House, LSE, 6-8pm

The Justice and Security Research Programme is delighted to welcome five of the authors of the recently published book The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspective to debate a range of issues raised by South Sudan’s contested […]

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

By Ryan O’Byrne   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 most obvious and violent effects of this dispute are yet to reach many of the communities living in the country’s south and west. Pajok […]

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

By Samson Wassara 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 that seemed to have ended with the signature of the Comprehensive […]

Who researches the researchers?

In a standard class on research methods, you will learn about biases that the researcher can introduce into the research. Researchers, we are taught, sometimes unconsciously influence respondents to give answers that make for results that are convenient to them. At the same time, respondents may give different answers to a question depending on the age, gender, ethnicity or […]

South Sudan: The Limits of Human Rights


In September 2013, Human Rights Watch published a report entitled “They Are Killing Us”: Abuses Against Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County.  Pibor County is in Jonglei state, lying in an inaccessible part of South Sudan’s flood plains, near the Ethiopian border.

Pibor people are different from their neighbours – most of them are Murle, and speak a language related […]

South Sudan: Towards Democratization and Development?


London – How has South Sudan’s government reshuffle affected the country in the short term, and its path to elections in 2015?  Chatham House recently hosted JSRP Consortium Director Dr. Mareike Schomerus and James Copnall, BBC Correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan, to discuss the implications of recent changes in-country, on a panel chaired by Thomas Mawan Muortat, political […]

Africa Seminar Series: The Juba Peace Talks & implications for peacemaking

We are the underdogs. We are the aggressed, not the aggressors. We are the victims of a political circumstance we did not create. We have been forced out of our homes. We are refugees in our own country.
– Lord’s Resistance Army Manifesto, 1996.

How is the process of peacemaking experienced first-hand by the actors involved, and can a better understanding […]

De Waal: Why South Sudan Needs More Than Oil

In a new article in Foreign Affairs, JSRP Research Director Alex de Waal argues that while the return of oil production to South Sudan is good news in the short term, the country’s longer-term prospects will depend on diversifying their resource base and making peace with their northern neighbour.

Sizzling South Sudan: Why Oil is Not the Whole Story, is […]