Do local peace deals work? Evidence from South Sudan’s civil war

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This paper maps five cases of recent local level peace deals in South Sudan between 2014 and 2018 to identify key criteria that strengthen the prospects of successful implementation and sustainability of local peace agreements. Critically, there are no generic formulas to achieve effective sustainable local peace deals. What works is highly contingent on the specific local context. Nonetheless, the set of criteria identified in this paper offers a useful guide for external actors who engage in peace-making efforts at the grassroots.

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Alan Boswell

Journalist at The McClatchy Company
Alan Boswell is a special correspondent for McClatchy, covering Africa. He's based in Nairobi, Kenya, but travels widely.

He joined McClatchy in November 2010 as a special Sudan correspondent out of Juba, South Sudan, where he contributed in-depth coverage of the breakup of Sudan into two countries.

A native of western Illinois, Boswell moved to Nairobi as a freelancer in 2009. His work from the region has appeared in Time Magazine, NPR, Bloomberg News, Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review, Jane's Intelligence Review and Small Arms Survey, among others, and he served as an editor for Voice of America.

His reporting is underwritten in part by a grant from Humanity United, a California-based foundation that focuses on human rights issues.

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