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President Salva Kiir Mayardit's Visit to Khartoum: Goals and Outcomes

President Kiir’s visit to Khartoum, a response to President al-Bashir’s invitation, came at a moment of desperation in South Sudan, and as such, was not optimum in terms of its gains for South Sudan. In view of the agreements the President signed, i…

Negotiations in a Cultural Context

Two important dimensions of the National Dialogue need to be highlighted in these concluding comments. The first is that the National Dialogue should be approached as a phased process with structured priorities. Highest in the order of priorities m…

Understanding the Imperative of a People-Centered Constitution in South Sudan

As South Sudanese warring parties are set, albeit be grudgingly, to embark on implementing the peace agreement they signed in August 2015, a sense of cautious optimism is being expressed, and rightly so. Since it broke out in mid-December 2013, th…

The Implications of Al Bashir's Downfall on South Sudan

The Sudanese revolutionary forces that brought an end to a 30-year rule of President Omar Al Bashir find a lot of sympathy and support among the ordinary South Sudanese citizens, who, at one point before their own independence, suffered Al Bashir’s …

The Boiling Frustrations in South Sudan

South Sudan’s 2018 peace agreement that ended the deadly 6-year civil war is in jeopardy, both because the parties to it are back to brinkmanship over a number of mildly contentious issues in the agreement and because the implementation process has …

The South Sudan National Dialogue: What Next?

After nearly 4 years, the ND finally concluded on November 17, 2020, offering broadly appreciated recommendations on a range of state formation and national building matters in South Sudan. This Review, therefore, analyzes the ND by revisiting its m…

The National Dialogue Final Resolutions: What the Presidency should Do

In December 2020, the South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee (NDSC) published its concluding report regarding the National Dialogue (ND) process. Drawing from its consultations, conferences, and outputs produced since the process kicked of…

COVID-19 and the Political Transition in South Sudan

The outbreak of the global pandemic, COVID-19, caught South Sudan in the middle of another political transition after six years of a civil war. The pandemic has had a tremendously negative impact on the political transition in the country. In more s…

Clearing the Dimming Vision of the Liberation of South Sudan: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Independence

Shortly after independence, South Sudan was plunged into a civil war that has intermittently devastated the country ever since. Though essentially a struggle for power between and among individual leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Su…

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