n Africa Insight - Ethiopia's involvement in South Sudan's struggle for independence, conflict and peace

Volume 44 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article examines three successive Ethiopian governments' involvement in South Sudan's struggle for independence and its concomitant conflict and peace processes within the broad context of the north-east African security situation from the middle of the 1950s to the present. It argues that this framework is of value not only because it fills a narrative gap but also because it contributes to the ongoing debate about the nature of geopolitics in north-east Africa and the understanding of this volatile region. It also focuses on Ethiopia's peace-building engagements in South Sudan and illustrates how the history of the two countries' partnership for peace benefits the peaceful resolution of the current crisis. Finally, the challenges of finding a sustainable peaceful solution to the ongoing South Sudan crisis are examined and a conclusion consisting of recommendations is given.

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