The Struggle for South Sudan

The Struggle for South Sudan : Challenges of Security and State Formation

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South Sudan, the world's youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its life as an independent nation. Less than three years after gaining independence in 2011 following a violent liberation war, the country slid back into conflict. In the wake of infighting within the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), violence erupted in South Sudan's capital, Juba, in December 2013. The conflict pitted President Salva Kiir's predominantly Dinka presidential guard against Nuer fighters loyal to the former Vice President Riek Machar. As fighting spread across the country, it has taken on an increasingly ethnic nature. Ceasefires have been agreed, but there have been repeated violations by all sides. Today the conflict continues unabated and the humanitarian situation grows ever more urgent. This book analyses the crisis and some of its contributing factors. The contributors have worked on South Sudan for a number of years and bring a wealth of knowledge and different perspectives to this discussion. Providing the most comprehensive analysis yet of South Sudan's social and political history, post-independence governance systems and the current challenges for development, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in the continuing struggle for peace in South Sudan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22.86mm | 380g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Maps
  • 1788315189
  • 9781788315180
  • 348,542

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Map of South Sudan
Foreword, Paul Collier
Introduction, Luka Biong Deng Kuol and Sarah Logan
1. Learning from customary law: Forging ethnic and national identities in South Sudan, Naomi Pendle
2. Governing unclear lines: Local boundaries as a (re)source of conflict in South Sudan, Peter Hakim Justin and Lotje de Vries
3. Constructive management of diversity: A strategy for conflict resolution and nation-building, Francis M. Deng and Daniel J. M. Deng
4. How electoral systems and systems of government can contribute to peace and managing diversity, Sarah Logan
5. The federalism-decentralisation-peace nexus in South Sudan, Luka Biong Deng Kuol
6. Federalism in the history of South Sudanese political thought, Douglas H. Johnson
7. Ethiopian ethnic federalism: A model for South Sudan? John Young
8. Assessing the merits of decentralisation as a conflict mitigation strategy, Joseph Siegle and Patrick O'Mahony
9. Decentralisation and the logic of the political marketplace in South Sudan, Alex de Waal and Naomi Pendle
10. African decentralisation as a power calculation, and its relevance for South Sudan, Lovise Aalen
11. The challenges of macroeconomic stabilisation and poverty alleviation in South Sudan, Nora Dihel and Utz Pape
12. South Sudan's civil service challenges, Barbara Nunberg
13. South Sudan's renewable energy potential: A building-block for peace, David Mozersky and Daniel M. Kammen
Conclusion, Luka Biong Deng Kuol and Sarah Logan
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About Paul Collier

Sarah Logan is a Policy Economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a qualified attorney with significant policy experience in sub-Saharan Africa.

Luka Biong Deng Kuol is Professor of Practice, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, USA, and Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway.
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