Written by United States Institute for Peace

Ceasefire Monitoring in South Sudan 2014–2019: “A Very Ugly Mission”

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More than five years after South Sudan’s first ceasefire agreement, ceasefire monitors are still on the ground. The hope was that their work would help overcome the mistrust between rival factions, halt ongoing violence, and deter further violations. Drawing on interviews with monitors, combatants, politicians, civil society representatives, diplomats, peacekeepers, and others, this report examines…

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South Sudan’s Renewable Energy Potential: A Building Block for Peace

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This report argues that a systemwide donor-driven transition to renewable energy—and specifically solar power—to support humanitarian programming is a viable way forward both now and over the longer term. Although such a transition alone will not end the conflict, it offers donors a more strategic alternative to the current practice. In the near term, a…

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Oil and State Building in South Sudan

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This report from 2011 sets out the key immediate opportunities and challenges for the new Republic of South Sudan in managing its oil sector and using its oil wealth to bridge the gap between its informal and formal economies, consistent with South Sudan’s objective to “strengthen the management of petroleum resources in a way that…

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