The South Sudan Defence Forces in the Wake of the Juba Declaration

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This paper examines the history and background of the South Sudan Defence Forces, including its numerous separate components and their respective leaderships. By drawing on existing research it explores the relationship of these various elements with both the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

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John Young

John Young has a Ph.D. in political science and has worked in the Horn of Africa since 1986 as a teacher, journalist, peace monitor, consultant, and academic. He has published two books, Peasant Revolution in Ethiopia: Tigray People’s Liberation Front 1975 to 1991 (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and The Fate of Sudan: Origins and Consequences of a Flawed Peace Process (Zed, 2012) as well as a considerable number of articles on regional conflicts, peace processes, and governance.

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