This document reviews the historical linkages between oil and security in Sudan and South Sudan, and provides an overview of the key actors in the sector. After considering the security impact of the political and economic dimensions of oil production, it examines the more direct relationship between oil and violence, assessing the current situation within and between the two states as well as at the local community level as of mid-2015.
Previously, she was an affiliated lecturer teaching Middle East politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a special supervisor at Newnham College. As an independent consultant, she specialized in the interface between political and economic issues in the Middle East and Africa. Before that, she spent five years in Khartoum, working as an economic adviser for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union. She was also an adviser to the mediation team on the South Sudanese secession negotiations.
Before moving to Sudan, Laura worked as a Middle East analyst with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). She completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, and is the author of 'Nasser at War: Arab Images of the Enemy' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).