Wednesday, May 21, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students
Program of African Studies
Group: Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings
PAS Affiliates Series
co-sponsored with the Dispute Resolution Research Center, Kellogg School of Business
South Sudan in Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion
Will Reno, Professor, Political Science, Northwestern U., Abdeta Beyene, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Northwestern U., Miklos Gosztony, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Northwestern U., Moses Khisa, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Northwestern U.
Following what has been called "Africa's longest post-independence civil war," South Sudan became an independent state on July 9, 2011. Less than three years later, South Sudan is engulfed in a ruthless cycle of violence as a consequence of a split within the ruling SPLM party.
Although the fact that such a split occurred hardly surprised anyone familiar with South Sudanese politics, the level of violence of the past three months is staggering. Furthermore, it has led many external players heavily involved in diplomatic, technical, and material support to the Government of South Sudan to wonder whether there has been something substantially flawed in the state-building enterprise in South Sudan following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
To what extent can the current violence in South Sudan can be explained as a consequence of the ways in which the so-called international community conceives and implements state-building processes? If so, what could have been done differently?