Author profile: Sarah Washburne

Sarah Washburne is an independent researcher. She has lived and conducted fieldwork in Africa, primarily in Sudan and South Sudan.

Can South Sudan Come Back from the Brink?

Can South Sudan Come Back from the Brink?

The politicians in Juba are refusing to admit that this recent surge of violence is fueled by tribalism. Indeed, South Sudan is on the brink of civil war and state failure.

South Sudan: Not in the clear yet

South Sudan: Not in the clear yet

In January 2011 the South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for independence from Sudan. Over 98% of registered voters chose separation over unity. Much of the Western media has portrayed this vote as an indicator of a successful end to decades of conflict in the South. When South Sudan celebrates its independence, expected to take place in July 2011, the mood will indeed be jovial. But South Sudan is setting up to be a failed state.

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