Written by Rift Valley Institute

Changing Power Among Murle Chiefs: Negotiating political, military and spiritual authority in Boma State, South Sudan

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International, national and local political discourses often portray the Murle community as principal aggressors and the source of much of the instability affecting former Jonglei State in South Sudan. Although such negative stereotypes are partially driven by actual events, they are also manipulated by certain groups to serve political purposes and informed by the assumption…

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Now We Are Zero: South Sudanese chiefs and elders discuss their roles in peace and conflict

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In April 2016, seventeen chiefs from different parts of South Sudan gathered in Kuron Holy Trinity Peace Village, in Eastern Equatoria, to discuss the role of customary authority in governance—past and present—and their own contribution to peacemaking and a future political transition. The Chiefs’ meeting at Kuron was the first time that traditional leaders from…

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The Political Economy of South Sudan

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This paper provides an overview of the contemporary political economy of South Sudan. It begins with brief geographical, social and historical background before outlining key recent themes and current challenges. It concludes with some thoughts on dynamics likely to influence future opportunities and challenges. A list of selected further readings is provided at the end…

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We have lived too long to be deceived: South Sudanese Discuss the Lessons of the Historic Peace Agreements

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Series of RVI lectures addressing lessons of South Sudan’s historic peace agreements. Critical questions raised were why negotiations succeed or fail, role of civil society, implications of the peace agreements for current situation and when opportunities for peace present themselves.

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Electoral Designs: Proportionality, representation and constituency boundaries in Sudan’s 2010 elections

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A guide to Sudan’s electoral system – one of the most complex in the world – and its effects on the distribution of power. The report analyses government documents to reveal errors and ambiguities in the demarcation of electoral districts, and warns of the challenge these pose to the conduct of elections in April 2010.

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