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Conflict between autonomous South Sudan and northern government.


From Southern Sudan - The Four Theses:

Even before Sudan first gained its independence, in 1956, a separatist insurgency has existed in Southern Sudan. The root causes of this struggle - economic marginalization and political disenfranchisement - have never been adequately resolved. Twice this insurgency has boiled over into all-out civil war. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was the result of an international effort aimed at ending the period of conflict known as the Second Sudanese Civil War, a conflict which lasted from 1983 - 2005. The CPA was signed between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). Given that the root causes were the same, this conflict was really just a continuation of the First Sudanese Civil War (1955 - 1973). However, unlike the first iteration, the Second Sudanese Civil War featured considerable regional support for the opposing belligerents. In effect, the Second Sudanese Civil War was as much an interstate war by proxy as it was an intrastate conflict.

The CPA provided for a level of autonomy for Southern Sudan (with a regional capital in Juba), and established the framework for a government of national unity (located in the country's capital, Khartoum). The CPA succeeded in all these respects. But like so many other well-intentioned efforts, the CPA carried the seeds of its own destruction - a 'poison pill.' In this case, the 'poison pill' is a key provision of the CPA that sets a date for Southern Sudan to hold a referendum on its future status - full union within Sudan, albeit with considerable autonomy, or independence. According to the terms of the CPA, the referendum was set to be held six years to the day following the signing of the CPA. Since the CPA was signed on January 9th, 2005; the referendum is set for January 9th, 2011.

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Fund for Peace (FfP) Failed States Index: 113 Alert (worst is 120)
HIIK Conflict Barometer 2008: 4
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Global Statistics : 1,935,000 IDPs
WFP Hunger Map: 26 % undernourished
Economist Intelligence Unit Sovereign Ratings: Rating C
International Crisis Group Crisis Watch: Unchanged
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Sudan army officer arrested after troops abandon positions during rebel clashes 01/28 UN food agency says 6 Bulgarian contractors in helicopter crew missing in Sudan 01/28 Sudan's Bashir to woo rebels to join national dialogue 01/27 SPLM-N rebels shoot WFP helicopter in S. Kordofan 01/26 Sudan – Renewed bombing of the hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders (20.01.15) 01/26 11 killed, scores injured in S. Sudan ambush 01/26 South Sudan: Ban Welcomes 'Reunification' Accord Signed Among Opposing Factions 01/26 S. Sudan downplays defection of state TV director 01/25 S. Sudanese warring factions will tackle accountability and justice: spokesperson 01/25 S. 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Sudan accuses rebels of setting fire to oil facilities 01/21 SPLM-N captures now position in South Kordofan: rebel spokesperson 01/21 South Sudan Army Says Still Fighting Rebels in Lakes State 01/20 SPLM-N calls on Islamic forces to wash their hands from the Sudanese regime 01/20 S. Sudan’s Machar in Tanzania for intra-SPLM party dialogue 01/18 South Sudan: Army Says Oil Fields Under Full Protection 01/18 Inside Kony’s base – Part II 01/17 South Sudanese rebels say peace is priority not elections 01/17 SPLM-N recaptures two areas in South Kordofan : rebel spokesperson 01/16 Upper Nile governor downplays opposition threats to elections 01/15 SAF & SPLM-N issue conflicting accounts of S. Kordofan clashes 01/15 More Than 50 Killed in South Sudan Clashes 01/14 Sudan army says retakes areas from rebels in Darfur, South Kordofan 01/13 Sudan recaptures key areas from rebels 01/13 Tanzania: Kikwete to Grace Resumption of S. 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Sudan army general warns rebels over attacks 01/06 S. Sudan’s warring parties in renewed military clashes 01/05 New Fighting Rocks South Sudan Oil States 01/05 China to hold consultative conference on S. Sudan in Khartoum 01/05 South Sudan rebels seek separate relief operations 01/04 South Sudan: Rebels Appoint Top Field Commanders 01/04 Sudan: SPLM-N Pledges to Destroy Its Stockpiles of Anti-Personnel Landmines 01/03 South Sudan: rebels appoint top field commanders 01/03 South Sudan peace concert held in Ethiopia 01/03 SPLM-N pledges to destroy its stockpiles of anti-personnel landmines 01/02 South Sudan army arrests soldiers linked to new year shooting 01/02 Sudan: Juba and Khartoum Agree to De-Escalate Tensions 01/02 Juba and Khartoum agree to deescalate tensions 01/01 South Sudan: Rebels Establish Military Command 01/01 South Sudan rebels establish military command, create 21 states 12/31 South Sudanese rebels acquire sophisticated weapons - official 12/30 Sudan: SPLM-N Rebels Say Government Warplane Crashed in S. Kordofan 12/28 Sudan: SPLM Youth Demand Support for War-Affected States 12/28 Uganda: Rebels Decry Museveni's Non-Withdrawal Position 12/28 South Africa: Many Killed in Inter-Clan Battle 12/28 SPLM-N rebels to release POWs as Sudan's ruling party welcomes 12/28 Sudan: Clashes Erupt Between Villagers and Army 12/27 SPLM-N rebels say government warplane crashed in S. Kordofan 12/27 South Sudan: Peace Envoy Urges IGAD to Push Peace 12/27