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Collusion and harmful actions against South Sudan peace process

For a very long time now since the war in South Sudan erupted in 2013, there have been accusations that some South Sudanese political actors together with others in the region and in the international community are conspiring to make South Sudan ungovernable so that the situation could be used as a pretext for the Country to be taken over by a foreign body in collaboration with those South Sudanese or have the country placed under the United Nations…

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The recent South Sudan peace agreement and its regional stakeholders

By ABDINOR HASSAN DAHIR On June 27, three days before the African Union Summit, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir mediated the deal which was intended to end the five-year civil war in Africa’s youngest nation. The areas agreed on under this peace deal include a permanent cease-fire, cantonments for all forces, deployment of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional and…

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Africa: Deepening Military Ties Solidify China’s Ambitions in Africa

By Salem Solomon In late June, top military officials from Mali, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and dozens of other African countries gathered to discuss defense strategies and security threats. The meeting didn’t take place in a major African city, but thousands of kilometers away, in Beijing, China. The occasion was the inaugural China-Africa Defense and Security Forum, a high-profile showcase of expanding military partnerships hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense. The forum, which concluded July 11, solidifies China’s…

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Why is Omar al-Bashir mediating South Sudan peace talks?

By  Ahmed H Adam Last week, the warring parties in South Sudan agreed to a “permanent” ceasefire, raising hopes of a peace deal to end a devastating civil war that has left tens of thousands of people dead and driven four million others from their homes since December 2013. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed the landmark document in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on June 27. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who helped broker the deal, was also present at the signing…

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Can Humanitarian Assistance Be an Obstacle to Peace? The Example of South Sudan

When President Donald Trump took office, there was considerable uncertainty as to how his administration would address the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, a complex foreign policy and national security issue that carried a heavy U.S. imprint from previous administrations. However, the administration—to the surprise of many—has outperformed admittedly low expectations. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been especially engaged on this issue, travelling to South Sudan, meeting with President Salva Kiir, and rebuking the South…

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Shooting At Ghosts In South Sudan: The Need For A New Strategy*

Carl von Clausewitz, the famous Prussian general and military theorist, famously said that “war is the continuation of politics by other means.” Politics and war are intimately tied, and globalization increasingly obscures the line between the two. This blurring is quite apparent in what was the British colony of Sudan, now two countries that are engaged in a politicized feud. Even the most experienced diplomats struggle to understand this conflict, and they often make grand missteps while working to…

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Time is running out for South Sudan

      South Sudan leaders are back to the negotiating table in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in an effort led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) seeking to end the conflict, now in its fifth year. Donors and development partners have warned that this High Level Revitalisation Forum is the last chance for lasting peace. Should these talks aimed at the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan fail, there is a real danger South Sudan leaders are…

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“Honouring Abel Alier In Appreciation Of Exemplary Public Service”

By Deng Awur Wenyin On Saturday January 20th 2018, the Bor community in its main sections of Bor, Twich (pronounced Twi), Nyarweng, and Hol, organized a colourful celebration in Freedom Hall, Juba, in honour of Moulana/ Abel Alier. As one of the hymns goes, it was a happy day. When Professor Robert Deng delivered to me the invitation card, it instantly occurred to my mind that I should be among the speakers to say something, for the following reasons: Firstly,…

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The logical fallacy of South Sudanese politics: What the world has not understood.

The history itself and the current events act as evidence for what South Sudanese’s leaders were and what they are now. It is indisputable to say the war in South Sudan is a power struggle to control the resources and to use them for personal gain on expenses of the populace. The emerging of new rebel groups, whenever there is peace negotiation, is evidence showing personal interest over the interest of the country and people. In 2015 peace accord,…

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Who detains Machar in South Africa?

South Sudanese armed and non-armed opposition groups seems to be misrepresenting responsibilities regarding Riek Machar’s confinement in South Africa when at least eight of them wrote – on Friday – a petition to the Chairman of the IGAD and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, appealing for the “immediate” release of the SPLM-IO Chairman Riek Machar Teny who have been detained in South Africa since 2016. To the surprise of many, myself included, the groups, represented by their…

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