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Governing Conflict: The Politics of Scaling Difference

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The dynamics of peace and conflict are fundamentally shaped by a politics of scaling difference. Based on the insight that difference is widely associated with both the causes of and cures for violent conflict, this article explores how practices of scaling mediate this duality. Drawing on South Sudan and Kosovo, it is argued that the…

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Preventing Mass Atrocities in Africa: The Case of the Two Sudans

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This chapter argues that preventing mass atrocities in Africa requires addressing the root causes of conflicts. It focuses on the experience of Sudan–South Sudan, which is, in many ways, a microcosm of Africa. The chapter argues that a crisis of identity lies at the heart of conflicts in the two Sudans, reflecting their failure to…

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Contesting the Militarization of the Places Where They Met: the Landscapes of the Western Nuer and Dinka (South Sudan)

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Decades of militarized, violent conflict and elite wealth acquisition have created a common rupture in shared landscapes between communities of the western Dinka and Nuer (South Sudan). Through the remaking of these landscapes, governments and their wars have indirectly reshaped political identities and relationships. Networks of complex relationships have used this space for migration, marriage,…

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The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

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Moving beyond the current fixation on “state construction,” the interdisciplinary work gathered here explores regulatory authority in South Sudan’s borderlands from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Taken together, these studies show how emerging governance practices challenge the bounded categorizations of “state” and “non-state.” Link to publication

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Youth culture, refugee (re)integration, and diasporic identities in South Sudan

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Based on fieldwork conducted among young South Sudanese refugees in Egypt and Uganda and returnees in South Sudan, this essay examines the various identities and cultural orientations imported and reconstructed by returnee youth now living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, after years of exile. Download

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War of Visions Conflict of Identities in the Sudan

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The civil war that has intermittently raged in the Sudan since independence in 1956 is, according to Francis Deng, a conflict of contrasting and seemingly incompatible identities in the Northern and Southern parts of the country. Identity is seen as a function of how people identify themselves and are identified in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic,…

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Jonglei’s Tribal Conflicts: Countering Insecurity in South Sudan

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This report examines a series of conflict triggers that shed light on the spike in deadly violence in 2009. It highlights three of the primary conflict cycles in Jonglei and adjoining areas across the border in Upper Nile over the past year: those involving the Dinka, Lou Nuer, Jikany Nuer, and Murle communities. In doing…

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Liberation or capture: youth in between ‘hakuma’ and ‘home’ during civil war and its aftermath in Southern Sudan

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This article examines a structural opposition between the sphere of military/government (the ‘hakuma’) and the sphere of ‘home’. It argues that to be a ‘youth’ in Southern Sudan means to inhabit the tensions of the space between these spheres. While attempting to resist capture by either sphere, youth have used their recruitment by the military…

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“When Truth is Denied, Peace Will Not Come”: The People-to-People Peace Process of the New Sudan Council of Churches

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This report (2000) focusses on people to people peace processes led by the council of churches during the past civil war. This case study is one of 26 cases developed as part of the Reflecting on Peace Practice Project (RPP). The RPP cases were not written as evaluations; rather, they were written to allow for…

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Nuer Ethnicity Militarized

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This article is concerned with the rapid polarization and militarization of Nuer/Dinka ethnic identities. It discusses some of the historical conditions that led to the abrupt, post-1991, abandonment of ethical restraints on Nuer/Dinka violence previously respected by both sets of combatants. Link to publication

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Sudan’s Prolonged Second Civil War and The Militarization of Nuer and Dinka Ethnic Identities

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Ever since power struggles within the Sudan People’s Liberation Army split the movement into two warring factions in August 1991, rural Nuer and Dinka communities of the South have been grappling with a deepening regional subculture of ethnicized violence. This article (1999) describes political factors that have pro- longed this bitter conflict into the present…

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Development and Cultural Genocide in the Sudan

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This article (1991) argues that the al-Bashir government in Khartoum is characterised by political hegemony, economic disarray, cultural bias, and explicit racism, and that it has been carrying out a policy of genocide against the Nilotic-speaking peoples of the Southern Sudan, known to the external world as the Shilluk, Dinka, Nuer, and Atuot. link to…

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