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04 Aug 2017 description

BY: Aly Verjee

Regional leaders have endorsed the creation of a new peace initiative in South Sudan: the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF). The HLRF is intended to revive the stalled 2015 peace agreement in the country. This Peace Brief offers recommendations for the international community in anticipation of the launch of the HLRF, suggesting its success hinges on clarifying serious ambiguities that exist in its design, including the questions of who will participate and the extent of the agenda.

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25 May 2017 description

Study Pinpoints Link Between Food Shortages and Attacks by Extremists, Insurgents

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / BY: Ore Koren

16 Dec 2016 description

Experts on World’s Newest Country Lay Out Potential Strategies

21 Jul 2016 description

By: Princeton Lyman and Kate Almquist Knopf

South Sudan marked its fifth anniversary as a state this month not with celebrations but with rival armed factions shooting at each other in the streets of the capital. Several hundred people were killed in less than a week, tens of thousands displaced, and even sacrosanct U.N. camps protecting civilians were attacked. South Sudan ceased to perform even the minimal functions and responsibilities of a sovereign state long ago, and today the likelihood of a larger pogrom and escalating civil war is high.

02 Mar 2016 description

Statistics, Global Luminaries Highlight the Patterns

By Kathleen Kuehnast and Danielle Robertson

19 Feb 2016 description

Understanding the Political Marketplace May Improve Results, Says Author De Waal

By: Gopal Ratnam

10 Dec 2015 description

Princeton N. Lyman, senior advisor to the president at USIP, testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thank you for holding this hearing. It is an honor to appear before you today to present my views on the current civil war in South Sudan and how it may be brought to a close. The views I express today are my own and not necessarily those of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), which does not take policy positions.

07 May 2014 description

Sudan and South Sudan have seen numerous local peacebuilding efforts in recent years, yet violence continues largely unabated. Using the Western Corridor as a case study, this report outlines the importance of understanding and improving local peace processes through an architecture that begins with conflict analysis, entails a common vision, and focuses on achieving specific objectives. Also essential to the success of the process is including the right people—those with authority, with knowledge of the problems requiring resolution, and with vested interest in sustainable solutions.

15 Jan 2014 description

Report of a Workshop by the National Academy of Engineering and the United States Institute of Peace Roundtable on Technology, Science, and Peacebuilding

Published:January 14, 2014

By: Andrew Robertson and Steve Olson

09 Jan 2014 description

Published: January 8, 2014 By: Princeton N. Lyman, Jon Temin, Susan Stigant

Only two and a half years since its birth, South Sudan is in crisis. But, horrific as the violence since mid-December has been, the crisis also presents an opportunity to put South Sudan back on the path of democratization, good governance, and peace. USIP’s Princeton N. Lyman, Jon Temin, and Susan Stigant examine what needs to happen to create a foundation for lasting peace and stability.

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26 Jul 2013 description

USIP, Partners Release Report on Realizing ‘Responsibility to Protect’

By: Thomas Omestad

04 Jan 2013 description

January 2013 | On the Issues by Andrew Robertson January 4, 2012

Andrew Robertson is a senior program officer in the Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Robertson was previously a director at the Corporate Executive Board, a consultant for FSI, Inc. and a research engineer for the Nissan Motor Company. He holds a PhD in the history of science from Harvard University and an ME in computer and electrical engineering from Dartmouth College.

01 Aug 2012 description

Reflections on Current Challenges and Future Prospects

Special Report by Susan Hayward

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The field of religious peacebuilding has begun to move closer to the mainstream of conflict resolution practice and theory. The 2011 unrest in the Middle East and North Africa—the Arab Spring—reflects ongoing challenges and opportunities for the field.

06 Jul 2012 description

South Sudan celebrates the first anniversary of its formal independence and nationhood on July 9. Though hopes for progress remain high, the young nation is struggling on several fronts—internal security, relations with Sudan, development, rule of law and statebuilding. The specialists at the U.S. Institute of Peace who work on conflict management and peacebuilding programs in South Sudan examine the gains made and the many challenges ahead.

17 Apr 2012 description

Violence once again has flared up between Sudanese and South Sudanese forces in an oil-rich region on their disputed border. Jon Temin, director of USIP's Sudan programs, discusses what's behind the renewed fighting and what is at stake for the region and international community.

Are Sudan and South Sudan teetering on the brink of war?

30 Mar 2012 description

USIP’s Jon Temin discusses the recent clashes and ongoing tensions between South Sudan and Sudan – and what can be done to prevent more violence.

Q: The armies of Sudan and South Sudan have directly engaged one another in recent days, with Sudanese military aircraft flying over South Sudan and with South Sudanese troops entering Sudan. What does this mean? Is another war starting between the North and the South?

21 Mar 2012 description

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Numerous predictions asserted that the referendum on the secession of southern Sudan would lead to renewed civil war.

Despite ongoing violence in many parts of Sudan and South Sudan, the referendum process was largely peaceful.

This unanticipated result may prove a relatively rare instance of documented success in conflict prevention.

Warnings of impending violence came from many sources. They were timely but tended to be vague. Whether they were overly dire because of faulty assumptions about the conflict dynamics deserves scrutiny.

16 Mar 2012 description

Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan continue to be at loggerheads over whether South Sudanese oil can be sent through Sudan to get to market – and how much South Sudan should pay to use Sudanese pipelines and refineries. Numerous rounds of negotiations between the parties have yielded little progress, and in January South Sudan shut down all its oil production, accusing Sudan of stealing significant quantities of its oil. South Sudanese oil wells remain closed as its leaders speculate about building alternative pipelines through Kenya or Ethiopia and Djibouti.

15 Mar 2012 description

Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Congressional Testimony by Jonathan Temin

March 14, 2012

21 Feb 2012 description

Practitioner Tool by Kelvin Ong

Failure by mediators to fully assess the interests and positions of negotiating parties and accurately identify the strategies and tactics conflict parties employ to avoid disarming and demobilizing their fighting forces can greatly compromise the viability of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs. Providing guidance on the mediation and negotiation aspects of DDR, this toolkit lays out eight detailed steps that mediators can take to establish appropriate linkages between DDR and other aspects of a peace process.