n Conflict Trends - South Sudan's 2013 resurgent political crisis : through the lens of social capital

Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


South Sudan, the world's newest state, was poised for significant political problems right from the onset. The deadly December 2013 violence that threatened the very existence of this new state is but the height of the political quagmire in which South Sudan has been wallowing even before its inception. Born out of secession from Sudan in January 2011, South Sudan is a product of an uncommon process, in juxtaposition to the rest of African states whose foundation was mostly through decolonisation. But like the rest of the African states at independence, the disengagement process from the 'masters' was characterised by an aura of joy, perceivably signifying a departure from the painful memories of the past. With a 99% vote for secession marking a critical juncture of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the yearning for self-determination was expressly vivid for the Southerners, who had mostly been at war since Sudan's independence from Britain in 1956.

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