Recent recommended resources on the Sudans (last updated March 2014):
The Sudd Institute, Tiitmamer & Awolich
For over two months, the people of South Sudan have been experiencing a renewed and devastating conflict that has inflicted significant suffering. The International Crisis Group (ICG) estimates that 10,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced into refuge. In this policy brief, the Sudd Institute reviews, analyzes and recommends solutions to end the conflict and to prevent future outbreaks.
The Enough Project, Prendergast
This report documents the atrocities committed in Unity, Upper Nile, Central Equatoria, and Jonglei states. The U.N. has declared South Sudan a Level 3 humanitarian emergency. The cessation of hostilities agreement between the warring parties appears to have collapsed entirely.
The Sudd Institute, Edward
This report from the Sudd Institute examines how structural factors, customary laws and traditional practices, and economic hardships shape women's status and hinder their effective participation in leadership positions in South Sudan. It proposes strategies for addressing gender disparities and achievement of gender equality in South Sudan.
The Sudd Institute, Mayai, Abucha & Jok
This policy brief from the Sudd Institute suggests the general elections be conducted in 2015, and calls for the establishment of a presidential support technical team. The brief also discusses the national census, implications of the current violence, and the long-term implications of empty political assurances.
The Sudd Institute, Abraham A. Awolich
South Sudan has experienced a catastrophic violence since its independence merely two and half years ago. The conflict, which emanates mainly from a mismanaged political discord, has caused massive loss in lives, property, and social cohesion and is threatening to degenerate into a civil war. This policy brief from the Sudd Institute analyses regarding the wave of violence in the country, with the aim to offer recommendations for objectively ending this conflict.
IPIS, Spittaels & Weyns
This report from IPIS analyses the conflict dynamics in the wider border area spanning Sudan and South Sudan. The analysis specifically looks into the motivations and interests of the parties involved in the interstate, intrastate and local conflicts in this area. Where are conflict parties focussing their efforts? Which strategic interests do they prioritise and ignore? What do they want to achieve? And do their actions correspond to their rhetoric?
Human Rights Watch
This report from Human Rights Watch documents that Egyptian traffickers have tortured Eritreans for ransom in the Sinai Peninsula, including through rape, burning, and mutilation. It also documents torture by traffickers in eastern Sudan. Sudanese and Egyptian security officers often facilitate trafficker abuses rather than arresting them and rescuing their victims.
Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Kate Almquist Knopf
The foundation of the South Sudanese state must come before the structure is built. Generating renewed confidence in state-society relations will provide the social capital needed to strengthen the institutions most central to ending violence.
South Sudanese Professionals in Diaspora
Good governance can unleash the full potential of South Sudan. In this report, researchers belonging to the South Sudanese diaspora explore how South Sudan can achieve this goal through restructuring of the armed forces; the establishment of an independent and representative judiciary; the supremacy of the rule of law translated into respect for human rights, freedom of press and association, with multi-party democracy enshrined in the constitution.
International Crisis Group, Africa Report No211
The violence in Darfur spiked in 2013. Recent fighting has displaced nearly half a million additional civilians - in all 3.2 million Darfurians need humanitarian help. If Darfur is to have durable peace, all parties to the country's multiple conflicts need to develop a more coherent means of addressing both local conflicts and nationwide stresses, the latter through a comprehensive national dialogue; eschew piecemeal approaches; embrace inclusive talks; and recommit to Sudan's unity.
The Sudd Institute, Policy Brief
South Sudan has been ranked as the third most corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index. In this policy brief, the Sudd Institute highlights the factors that have caused South Sudan a high corruption ranking, discusses the implications and anti-corruption efforts, and makes recommendations on how to improve South Sudan's corruption perception at home and the global stage
The Sudd Institute, Augustino Ting Mayai
This review from the Sudd Institute analyzes political, social, and institutional explanations of the present South Sudanese unrest. The review also presents remedial suggestions.
United States Institute of Peace, Peacebrief 164
South Sudan is in crisis. The violence since mid-December has been horrific, but the crisis also presents an opportunity to put South Sudan back on the path of democratization, good governance, and peace. This brief from the United States Institute of Peace examines what needs to happen to create a foundation for lasting peace and stability
HSBA, Small Arms Survey
This report from HSBA describes the rebellion in Pariang, Abiemnom, and Mayom counties of Unity in December 2013 and January 2014.
The Sudd Institute, Jok Madut Jok
The abrupt nature of the unrest in South Sudan, starting with the events in Juba on 15 December 2013, the scale of violence within a single military unit, the rapid spread to other branches of the armed forces in other states, the speed at which it begun to take on ethnic overtones and the death toll of over 1,000 people has shocked the population.
Community empowerment for progress organization (CEPO)
This report reflect opinions of citizens collected in Juba about the 16th December 2013 incident which the Government termed as "Attempted Military Coup". This report from CEPO intends to reveal citizens' opinion on the violent armed conflict that occurred that started in the capital and escalates to other states.
This press statement is an attempt to make sense of the events of December 15 through 17Th in Juba, when members of the Tiger Battalion of ...
Small Arms Survey, Claudio Gramizzi
At an Impasse analyses the first two years of the renewed conflict in Blue Nile-from September 2011 to June 2013. It elaborates on trends that characterize the conflict, presents primary armed actors, identifies military hardware and describes mechanisms established by the government to supply local militias and paramilitary forces.
Updates from the Small Arms Survey
The Crisis in Abyei (13 December 2013)
Reviewing the status of negotiations over Abyei following the Ngok Dinka-organized referendum—which has ...
Jairo Munive Rincon in International Peacekeeping, November 2013
The results of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme as implemented in South Sudan are far from what the international organizations involved expected from the outset, and the case is a vivid example of a lack of context-based approaches to peacebuilding writes Jairo Munive Rincon in International Peacekeeping.
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Allahu Akbar: A Friday in Khartoum
I am sipping to my coffee as I am listening to the local imam through the loudspeaker as he addresses his congregation inside the mosque.
Ikke mer fred å få
Ingen viktige fredsavtaler er inngått i verden de siste åtte årene. De fleste «intern-konflikter» er ikke det de gir seg ut for å være. De er deler av internasjonale konfliktsystemer der eksterne aktører spiller helt sentrale roller, skriver Gunnar M. Sørbø i en utenriksanalyse i Morgenbladet.
Sudan divided - continuing conflict in a contested state edited by Gunnar M. Sørbø and Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed (2013)
Dealing with government in South Sudan Leonardi, Cherry (2013)
The Borderlands of South Sudan - authority and identity in contemporary and historical perspectives edited by Christopher Vaughan, Mareike Schomerus, Lotje de Vries (2013)
Against a tide of evil - how one man became the whistleblower to the first mass murder of the twenty-first century Mukesh Kapila, [Damien Lewis] (2013)
Mediation and liberal peacebuilding - peace from the ashes of war? edited by Mikael Eriksson and Roland Kostic (2013)
The Horn of Africa - intra-state and inter-state conflicts and security edited by Redie Bereketeab (2013)
Crisis in the Horn of Africa - politics, piracy and the threat of terror Peter Woodward (2013)
The post-colonial state and civil war in Sudan - the origins of conflict in Darfur Noah R. Bassil (2013)
The power of creative reasoning - the ideas and vision of John Garang Lula A. Deng (2013)
The pastoral Fulbe in the Sudan Funj region - a study of the interaction between state and society Elhadi Ibrahim Osman (2013)