After South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, the two Sudans together occupy a critical geopolitical space linking together the Sahara, the Sahel, the Horn, and the Great Lakes. The post-separation negotiations between Sudan and newly formed South Sudan are therefore vital not only for these two nations’ future bilateral relations, but also for the stability of the region at large.
At an event this week hosted by the Stanley Foundation in New York to recognize the anniversary, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon offered complimentary remarks about the use of R2P to justify action in Côte d’Ivoire and Libya. But it was the U.N. secretary general’s unusually candid insights about the limitations of implementing the Responsibility to Protect in South Sudan recently that stood out. Read More »
On the one-year anniversary of the commencement of the Southern Sudan referendum, January 9, 2012, the Ngok Dinka people of the disputed Abyei Area formally requested that the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, or CERD, immediately consider the actions of the Sudanese government vis-à-vis the Ngok Dinka people in Abyei. Read More »
A new round of post-independence talks between Sudan and South Sudan began today in Addis Ababa and are slated to last until next Monday, January 24. Front and center in this round of talks is the issue of Khartoum and Juba’s undetermined oil relationship, and the size of the transit fee—measured in dollars per barrel of oil—that South Sudan should pay to Khartoum for the use of pipelines that cross Sudan’s territory. Read More »
Two high-ranking officials traveled to Bangui, Juba, Kampala, and Kinshasa last week to address the coordination of regional efforts to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. There were several important advancements in the regional initiative that came out of the recent trip. Read More »
“We were running, most of the time on foot. Sometimes there is a vehicle, sometimes you have to go straight, sometimes you have to zigzag,” said Zahara, a refugee in Sherkole refugee camp. “It all depends on the security situation.”
Zahara, a Masseleit originally from the city of El Geneina in West Darfur, was describing her second time fleeing a war in Sudan. The first time, she ran from Darfur. The second time, in September, it was from Kurmuk, Blue Nile. Read More »