Written by HSBA Small Arms Survey

INSECURE POWER AND VIOLENCE The Rise and Fall of Paul Malong and the Mathiang Anyoor

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The ‘Mathiang Anyoor’ is the popular name for military recruits who were mobilized in 2011–12 and later incorporated into South Sudan’s national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), at the beginning of the civil war in 2013. The Mathiang Anyoor were comprised primarily of Dinka male youth from the Aweil area of Northern Bahr…

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Displaced and Immiserated: The Shilluk of Upper Nile in South Sudan’s civil war, 2014–19

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The civil war that began in South Sudan in December 2013 has had dire consequences for the Shilluk of Upper Nile. Attacks by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and allied militia forces have forcibly displaced tens of thousands of people. Many of those displaced have fled to Sudan—just as they did during the second…

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War Crimes and Punishment: The Terrain Compound Attack and Military Accountability in South Sudan, 2016–18

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On 11 July 2016, at the end of four days of fighting between government and opposition forces in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, government soldiers stormed the Terrain ‘Hotel’, a residential compound that was home to South Sudanese and East African and Western expatriates. There they began a violent rampage of systematic looting, rape, gang…

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Remote-control Breakdown: Sudanese Paramilitary Forces and Pro-government Militias

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This Issue Brief examines the history of Sudan’s militia strategy and the role of militias in the country’s armed conflicts, notably in Darfur and the Two Areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. It discusses the use of para-military forces and militias in Sudan from the 1980s until the present day, including their alleged roles…

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Policing in South Sudan: Transformation Challenges and Priorities

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Based on extensive in-depth interviews with the police leadership, rank-and-file SSNPS, donors, legal and security experts, and civil society groups, this Issue Brief reviews the state of the police in South Sudan in order to draw attention to shortcomings that may be addressed as part of ongoing donor engagement with the SSNPS. Download

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Legitimacy, Exclusion, and Power: Taban Deng Gai and the South Sudan Peace Process

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This Issue Brief analyses Taban Deng’s history and his current place in South Sudan. In doing so, it draws on a new HSBA Working Paper on Unity state—A State of Disunity: Conflict Dynamics in Unity State, South Sudan, 2013–158—which is being released together with this Brief. Download

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The Future of Human Security in Sudan and South Sudan

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This document provides a synopsis of the key messages that emerged from the plenary and breakout sessions (during the 2016 Symposium “The Future of Human Security in Sudan and South Sudan) and that are relevant for the field of armed violence research in Sudan and South Sudan broadly, and for the HSBA project in particular.…

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