China’s Sudan Challenge

China’s Sudan Challenge

Sudan and China have enjoyed cordial relations for decades, developing a fruitful economic and political partnership dating back to their mutual estrangement from the West in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But Sudan’s 2011 partition has presented China with a...
South Sudan’s Unhappy Anniversary

South Sudan’s Unhappy Anniversary

The status of the province of Abyei is an unresolved issue from the June 2011 détente between Sudan and South Sudan. In the year since South Sudan’s independence, the two countries have managed to avoid a full-scale war. But minor skirmishes on the border...

Conflicting Sudans Have Corruption, Militias, and China in Common

Cross-posted from the Arabist. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir this week addressed a letter to dozens of “former and current senior government officials” pleading with them to return an estimated US$4b in “missing” government funds. The...
One Year After the Referendum a Humanitarian Disaster in South Sudan

One Year After the Referendum a Humanitarian Disaster in South Sudan

Cross-posted from the United to End Genocide Blog. One year ago today (January 9), millions of Southern Sudanese stood in long lines to vote for independence in a national referendum. The sense of hope and the inspiration that I experienced last year in the streets of...
South Sudan’s New Democracy

South Sudan’s New Democracy

During the Cold War, Americans wondered if newborn African and Eastern European countries would become democracies. Now we assess how new democracies will live up to their professed democratic values. The world’s newest country, South Sudan, is in the unique...
Sudan: Third Civil War?

Sudan: Third Civil War?

On May 22, 5,000 Northern Sudanese troops invaded Abyei, violating several peace agreements with South Sudan. It only took two days for the Northern Sudanese army to overrun the South Sudanese troops with a combined aerial and infantry campaign. According to UN...
The Future of South Sudan

The Future of South Sudan

On July 9, 2011 South Sudan is expected to become an independent state, Africa’s 54th. Prior to that date, much preparation must be done to establish a vigorous economy, stable government, and peaceful society. The name and capital of the country have yet to be...
International Women’s Month Panel: Darfur Women Action Group

International Women’s Month Panel: Darfur Women Action Group

In commemoration of International Women’s Month, Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) and the Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy In Focus project are collaborating on a presentation by leading experts on women’s issues to highlight the current...

Spotlight on Sudan

After the government’s second attempt to kill me, I fled Sudan. That was 2005, the year I was forced to abandon work, friends, and family to become a refugee in the United States. Now, 7,000 miles from home, I am fighting harder and making my voice heard to...
Africa: Chaos or Transition – A Focus on Sudan

Africa: Chaos or Transition – A Focus on Sudan

Opening Remarks by Ambassador Denis Antoine, Director, Office of International Programs and Exchange. Panelists: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Akec K. A., Embassy of the Republic of The Sudan Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist/Africa Region/World Bank Emira Woods, Co-Director,...

An Open Letter to President Obama, Or Change I believed in

Dear President Obama, You’re not the man I thought you were. Roughly a week ago, you issued a waiver that would allow the US to continue to provide military assistance to four countries—Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, and...