Archive for June 7, 2018

Position on the involvement of Sudan to bring Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar for a face-to-face talk


Sharing the plate: peacefully or violently is what is being decided in Khartoum, Sudan

Thursday, June 07, 2018 (PW) — “Peace comes from being able to contribute the best we have, and all that we are, towards creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” Hafsat Abiola.

It is high time we forgot about the past and worked together to bring a lasting solution to the civil war that is ravaging our country. Foreign intervention might not really bring the solutions we need as a country but will give us a platform in which we will be able to find our own solutions as South Sudanese. Therefore, we thank Sudan for giving us a platform on which President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar will be able to meet on a face-to-face basis.

However as they also meet, it is very important to be cognizant of the fact that we have quite a number of movements in South Sudan who may have been aggrieved by the way things are run in the country. These parties also need to be included in the peace talks and given a chance at the table. I believe if all parties are brought together , we would be fostering quite a number of things, first, we would be bring all the different ideas to the table. (more…)

KiiRiek Face to Face meeting

Thursday, June 07, 2018 (PW) — The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) welcomes the prospective face-to-face meeting between the South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the Chairman and Commander-In-Chief of South Sudan’s main armed Opposition Movement: The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO).  (more…)

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies

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A young South Sudanese girl poses with the flag of South Sudan

Thursday, June 07, 2018 (PW) — The internal conflict and resulting humanitarian crisis embroiling South Sudan since December 2013 have exposed the country’s fragility. A weak national identity, ethnically based violence, a legacy of violent conflict resolution, personalized and patronage-based politics, weak institutional checks on the abuse of power, and the absence of encompassing leadership, among other factors, all pose obstacles to peace-building. As a result, envisaging a stable South Sudan has become increasingly difficult for many South Sudanese and external observers. With regional and international diplomacy rightly focused on negotiating an immediate end to hostilities, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies has asked a selection of South Sudanese and international scholars, security practitioners, and civil society leaders to share their visions of the strategic issues South Sudan must address if it is to make a transition from its current state of dissimilation to a more stable reality. These visions, taken individually and collectively, are intended to help sketch out some of the priorities and prerequisites for transforming today’s highly fragmented security landscape in South Sudan to one in which its citizens are safe in their own country and are protected from external threats.

  1. Three Trajectories Facing South Sudan By Dr. Luka Kuol
  2. Context and the Limits of International Engagement in Realizing Durable Stability in South Sudan, By Dr. Lauren Hutton
  3. Taming the Dominant Gun Class in South Sudan, By Dr. Majak D’Agoôt
  4. Durable Stability in South Sudan: What Are the Prerequisites?, By Dr. Phillip Kasaija Apuuli
  5. Security Sector Stabilization: A Prerequisite for Political Stability in South Sudan, By Dr. Remember Miamingi
  6. Confronting the Challenges of South Sudan’s Security Sector: A Practitioner Perspective, By Gen. Kuol Deim Kuol
  7. Blurring the Lines: Ethnicity, Governance, and Stability in South Sudan, By Dr. Lauren Hutton
  8. The Rule of Law and the Role of Customary Courts in Stabilizing South Sudan, By Dr. Godfrey Musila
  9. Navigating the Competing Interests of Regional Actors in South Sudan, By Dr. Luka Kuol

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By Ajang Barach-Magar, Bor, South Sudan



Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (PW) — In this article, the central quest seeks to examine the tangled web involving illiteracy, poverty and violent insurgencies in the world’s peripheral societies. There is both theoretical and empirical evidence to suggest that a positive correlation exists between bad governance and backwardness. In many developing countries, the problems emanating from politics and poverty are enormously pervasive.

Compared to their affluent counterparts who mainly occupy leafy suburbs in large metropolis, the marginalized segments of populations in nearly all less developed nations bear the brunt of greater health threats, are considerably susceptible to environmental degradation, overcrowding in informal settlements, political marginalization, economic exclusion leading to abject poverty, rampant corruption and civil strife.

A decade leading up to the turn of the new millennium, the most popular mantra in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean was the “Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”. The vision in the document was swiftly heralded as the best hope for humanity’s down trodden. Fast forward and two decades later, that dream is fast threatening to fade into irrelevant part of history. (more…)


KiiRiek Face to Face meeting

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (PW) — The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) welcomes the operationalization of THE COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 62ND EXTRA-ORDINARY SESSION OF IGAD COUNCIL OF MINISTERS: Article 3; Recommends to the Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government to consult with members of the Assembly on the convening of an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly and a face-to-face meeting between H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit and H.E. Dr. Riek Machar before the 31st Summit of the Assembly of the African Union to be held on 1 and 2 July 2018 in Noukakchott, Mauritania; and, Article 4; Decides to make a final decision on the effective participation of Dr. Riek Machar on the ongoing peace process; (more…)