A UN mission has largely succeeded in keeping the peace in Abyei, an oil-rich area claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. But there has been less progress made on the mission’s work in aiding political mechanisms to determine the final status of Abyei and demilitarise and demarcate the border. As the UN Security Council debates the mission’s scope, these mechanisms deserve ongoing support.
Senior Analyst at International Crisis Group
Casie Copeland is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for South Sudan. Based in Juba, she researches and produces reports on the continuing conflict in South Sudan. She worked for Amnesty International, Pact Sudan, The Carter Center and the United States Institute for Peace. She served as a Law Clerk at the High Court of Tanzania.