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The Fate of Sudan: The Origins and Consequences of a Flawed Peace Process

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Argues forcefully that the birth of the independent state of Southern Sudan and the threat of further dismemberment of a rump northern Sudan are due to the failure of the approaches and ideologies of the main Sudanese parties, as well as a deeply flawed US-backed peace process that excludes civil society and other rebel groups.…

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Deals and Dealings: Inconclusive Peace and Treacherous Trade along the South Sudan–Uganda Border

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Since Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed, its border with Uganda has become a hub of activity. Contrasting developments on the Ugandan side of the border with those on the South Sudanese side, the paper draws on empirical fieldwork to argue that the CPA has created new centres of power in the margins of…

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Sudan: North in the Shadow of the South

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Report from four seminars on challenges and opportunities for peacebuilding in Sudan, held in March and April 2012 in Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden. Each of the seminars focused on a special theme, namely: environmental factors, border issues, civil society, peace building. Download

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The Republic of South Sudan: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa’s Newest Country

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In January 2011, South Sudan held a referendum to decide between unity or independence from the central government of Sudan as called for by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the country’s decades-long civil war in 2005. According to the South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), 98.8% of the votes cast were in favor of separation.…

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Customary Law in the Cross-Fire of Sudan’s War of Identities

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This book chapter [in Isser, D. (Ed.). (2011). Customary justice and the rule of law in war-torn societies. US Institute of Peace Press] reviews the meaning and functioning of customary law in the cultural/historical context of South Sudan, by analyzing the fundamental and traditional values that underlie it. Download

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Crude Calculations: The Continued Lack of Transparency Over Oil in Sudan

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This report examines the explanations of the oil production discrepancies provided by the Sudanese government and CNPC in more detail to see if they stand up to scrutiny, and also examines the transparency commitments made by the Sudanese government to see the extent to which they have been implemented. Download

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Sudan’s Oil Industry: On the Eve of the Referendum

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This report presents an overview of facts and trends in Sudan’s petroleum industry and highlights key challenges for the coming period after the independence of South Sudan. The aim is to make vital information about the industry publicly available, and to contribute towards a constructive dialogue between the country’s national and international stakeholders. Download

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