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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 Raga town 08/11 Analysts: Salvaging South Sudan Peace Agreement Faces Challenges 08/11 Sudan negotiating delegations accuse each other of attempting to torpedo peace talks 08/11 Government Delegation to the Negotiations in Addis Ababa Holds a Press Conference 08/11 President Kiir’s coup claim not true, a harmful plan: Spokesman 08/11 Sudan: Rebels Put Offer of One-Year Ceasefire 08/11 Sudanese gov’t delegation lash out at SPLM-N chief negotiator 08/10 Sudanese rebels reportedly agree to roadmap for peace 08/09 Sudanese rebels agree to AU peace proposal 08/09 More UN troops might not quell violence in S. Sudan - inquiry 08/09 Clashes around strategic Yei town between South Sudanese rival forces: Spokesperson 08/09 More UN troops might not quell violence in South Sudan, inquiry suggests 08/08 South Sudanese civilians fear the UN can't protect them from a massacre 08/06 UN inquiry finds peacekeepers failed to defend South Sudan base 08/06 SPLA denies UN rape report, says soldiers arrested on looting charges 08/06 South Sudan: UN Accuses South Sudan Troops of Fuelling Violence 08/05 SPLA Committed Widespread Violations in July, UN Human Rights Chief Says 08/05 South Sudan: UN Accuses Troops of Committing Atrocities 08/05 South Sudan Soldiers Killed Civilians, Raped Women - UN Human Rights Chief 08/05 UN inquiry finds peacekeepers failed to defend South Sudan base 08/05 S. 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Sudan under UN administration 08/03 Sudan: Bakri Calls On Gun-Holders to Stick Wisdom and to Join Peace Process 08/03 Some 60,000 flee recent South Sudan violence, bringing exodus to 900,000 since 2013 – UN 08/02 South Sudan army downplays ongoing fighting around Juba 08/02 Former Leader of S. Sudan’s Ruling Party Seeks International Intervention 08/02 South Sudan minister resigns, calls for Kiir to go 08/02 Machar’s spokesperson says fighting continues around Juba, claims defeating Kiir forces 08/02 Sudanese presidency urges S. Kordofan residents to hold contacts with rebels 08/02 Renewed clashes a violation of S. 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Sudan President Swears In New VP to Replace Machar 07/26 South Sudan president Salva Kiir replaces rival vice president 07/26 Riek Machar replaced as South Sudan vice-president 07/26 South Sudan to Swear in New First Vice President 07/26 SPLM-IO accuses President Kiir’s forces of fresh attacks 07/26 Machar warns of new war after his sacking 07/26 UN warns over replacement of Machar as First Vice President 07/26 SPLM-IO Faction Moves to Replace First VP Machar 07/25 South Sudan: South Sudan Opposition 'Deposes' Leader Riek Machar 07/25 Advocacy group warns of “full-scale war” in S. Sudan 07/25 S Sudan opposition 'deposes' leader Riek Machar 07/24 Here’s why a third voice is critical in solving the South Sudan conflict 07/23 S.Sudan’s Machar fires possible rival 07/23