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The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation

Luka Biong Deng Kuol Sarah Logan Paul Collier (University of Oxford, UK)



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I.B. Tauris
21 February 2019
Development studies; African history; Nationalism; Political economy
South Sudan, the world's youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its life as an independent nation. Less than three years after gaining independence in 2011 following a violent liberation war, the country slid back into conflict. In the wake of infighting within the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), violence erupted in South Sudan's capital, Juba, in December 2013. The conflict pitted President Salva Kiir's predominantly Dinka presidential guard against Nuer fighters loyal to the former Vice President Riek Machar. As fighting spread across the country, it has taken on an increasingly ethnic nature. Ceasefires have been agreed, but there have been repeated violations by all sides. Today the conflict continues unabated and the humanitarian situation grows ever more urgent. This book analyses the crisis and some of its contributing factors. The contributors have worked on South Sudan for a number of years and bring a wealth of knowledge and different perspectives to this discussion. Providing the most comprehensive analysis yet of South Sudan's social and political history, post-independence governance systems and the current challenges for development, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in the continuing struggle for peace in South Sudan.
Foreword by:   Paul Collier (University of Oxford UK)
Edited by:   Luka Biong Deng Kuol, Sarah Logan
Imprint:   I.B. Tauris
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9781788315180
ISBN 10:   1788315189
Series:   International Library of African Studies
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   21 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Logan is a Policy Economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a qualified attorney with significant policy experience in sub-Saharan Africa. Luka Biong Deng Kuol is Professor of Practice, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, USA, and Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway.

Reviews for The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation

This book is a remarkable story of the South Sudanese struggle. It appears at a critical time in our history, as our political and social concerns are further mitigated by the eminent threat to our communities safety and survival. The present crisis of war, economic down-turns, human rights violations, state fragility, and Internal-displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country has reached a critical point. The beauty of this book is that it has also provided details of local solutions through the real intellectual experience and exposure of Biong, Logan, and their contributors. To those interested in the South Sudanese story - I highly recommend this book. - Professor Julia Duany, Vice Chancellor of Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology

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