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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’s warring factions to protect civilians 04/17 Government militia accused of killing tribesmen in North Kordofan 04/17 Dinka Bor demand return of children and cattle to avert tribal war against Murle 04/17 South Sudan: Fighting in Raga Kills At Least 14 People 04/16 Sudan: North Kordofan Governor Attempts to Reconcile Kababish, Hamar 04/16 South Sudan: Fresh Fighting Erupts Across Nation 04/15 Rebels claim defeating South Sudanese army in several areas 04/15 SPLA chief of staff in Bahr el Ghazal for military operations 04/15 Restraint urged on warring parties in South Sudan as violence escalates 04/15 South Sudan Rebels Allied With Machar Take Control of Raja 04/15 14 killed in new fighting in South Sudan 04/15 South Sudan Rebels Allied With Machar Take Control of Raja 04/14 East Africa: More Refugees Enter Uganda As Fighting Rages in South Sudan 04/14 In Pajok, South Sudan: 'We buried Jacob, Paul and Amos' 04/13 Uganda: Businessman Shot Dead By Suspected South Sudanese Rebels 04/13 South Sudan: Children Bearing the Brunt of Refugee Crisis 04/13 Sudan: Kordofan Arms Collection Marred by Violence, Abuse 04/13 Sudan: Health in Times of War - Lwere Hospital in the Nuba Mountains 04/13 South Sudan Vice President calls to release political detainees 04/13 In Pajok, South Sudan: 'We buried Jacob, Paul and Amos' 04/12 South Sudan: Soldiers Killed in South Sudan Ambush 04/12 Peace only viable to the conflict in South Sudan: Museveni 04/12 S Sudan refugee children 'living life no child should' 04/11 Uganda: Office of the Prime Minister to Relocate 3,000 Refugees 04/11 Deadly fighting erupts in S.Sudan 04/11 Civilians flee homes in Wau, death toll rises higher 04/11 South Sudan President urges calm in Wau after death of top army generals 04/11 S. Sudan governor faints after brother killed in clashes with rebels 04/11 Sudan: State of Emergency in Kordofan After Tribal Clashes 04/10 Note to Correspondents on the situation in Wau 04/10 Two South Sudan army generals killed in clashes with rebels 04/10 OPM to relocate 3,000 refugees 04/10 U.N says prevented from accessing S. Sudan town 04/09 S. Sudan army recaptures Bagari town from rebels 04/08 German charity delivers medical care in remote Sudan war zone 04/07 SPLM-N holds government responsible for tribal clashes in Kordofan 04/07 South Sudan: Army Denies Blocking UN Convoy in Troubled Town 04/07 South Sudan army denies blocking UN access to Pajok 04/06 Sudan: 'Calm' After Kordofan Tribal Violence 04/06 Rebeca Garang seeks regional intervention to stop war in S. Sudan 04/06 South Sudan: Army Kills 16 in Town on Uganda Border - Witnesses 04/05 South Sudanese army kills 16 in border town: reports 04/05 Sudan: Over 50 Dead in Kordofan Tribal Clashes 04/05 Witnesses: South Sudan Army Kills 16 in Town on Uganda Border 04/04 36 killed in tribal clashes in North Kordofan 04/04 Refugees recount South Sudan attack: "If you ran, you got shot" 04/04 South Sudan: Botswana's Mogae Asks Machar to Announce Ceasefire 04/03 South Sudan: Rebels Vow to Stop Oil Production 04/03 S. Sudan’s President Kiir installs unwanted new Ruweng governor 04/03 Sudan: Warring Parties Release Prisoners 04/01 Machar and Mogae hold talks in South Africa 04/01 SPLM-IO rebels say aid workers were killed by government 03/31 Rebels Vow to Stop South Sudan Oil Production 03/31 Ruweng community threatens war over giving state to SPLM-IO 03/31 South Sudanese rebels say freeing seized foreign oil workers 03/30 S. Sudan rebel leader accuses IGAD of reneging on peace deal 03/29 S. Sudanese rebels claim responsibility for border town attack 03/28 South Sudan: UN Opens New Relief Corridor to South Sudan 03/28 Children suffer grave violations in Sudan’s conflict – UN reports 03/27 Sudan: SPLM-N Leaders Pay Visit to Contain Tension in South Kordofan 03/27 Uganda: How Museveni, Bashir Struck Deal to Release Sudanese Soldiers 03/25 S. Sudan rebels themselves from Kampala-based faction 03/25 South Sudan refugees flock Uganda as fighting intensifies 03/23 South Sudan: South Sudan Needs Peace As Much As Food 03/21 South Sudan rebels kidnap Pakistani engineer 03/21 South Sudan needs peace as much as food 03/20 18 SPLA soldiers defect to rebels in W. Bhar el-Ghazal: official 03/18 New South Sudan Rebel Group Gains Supporters 03/17 South Sudan government to blame for famine, still buying arms: U.N. report 03/17 S. Sudan rebels deny presence of NAS forces in Equatoria region 03/16 Greater Equatoria opposition governors call for united resistance 03/15 S. Sudanese rebels downplay “negative force” calls 03/15 Sudan: SPLM-N Releases 127 Detainees in Goodwill Gesture 03/14 AU chairperson welcomes POWs by Sudan and SPLM-N 03/12 S. Sudan wants its armed opposition labelled a “negative force” 03/12 South Sudan: Soldiers Accused of Village Rampage 03/10 Cholera reaches South Sudan's second-largest city, UN says 03/10 South Sudan rebels capture two Indian oil workers 03/10 UN: Cholera Reaches South Sudan's Second-largest City 03/10