On July 9, southern Sudan became an independent state after decades of civil war. While this is a significant achievement for the southern Sudanese, the threat of violence is far from over. A month before the fulfillment of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, armed forces from northern and southern Sudan engaged in a violent conflict over possession of the Abyei border area. This and many other unresolved issues threaten the prospect of stability.
While both sides have agreed to withdraw forces from Abyei and Ethiopian peacekeepers are moving in to monitor the volatile situation, the dispute is far from resolved. January’s postponed Abyei referendum has been swept into the deal that includes other existing issues such as citizenship and distribution of oil resources. With time running out until southern Sudan’s independence, the international community is working with both sides to achieve a sustainable peace.
Join us as our panel of experts examines the security threats Sudan’s split poses to its people, governments and their neighbors, as well as what we can expect from the administration as the process moves forward.
More About the Speakers
E.J. Hogendoorn, Ph.D.
Project Director, Horn of Africa, International Crisis Group
Analyst in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Regional Director, Office of African Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Morgan Lorraine Roach