n Journal of African Foreign Affairs - Sustainability and implications of the Sudan-South Sudan secession : perspectives from the ground

Volume 6 Number 3
  • ISSN : 2056-564X
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5658



The secession of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, after a protracted conflict which started in 1955 on the eve of the county's independence from colonial rule; was celebrated as a welcome solution to the resolution of a seemingly intractable conflict. However, since 2011 to date, South Sudan only experienced relative peace for a short period before the eruption of internal conflict whilst Sudan has also experienced internal instability. This paper examines the sustainability of the Sudan-South Sudan secession, and interrogates its implications on the management and resolutions of secessionist conflicts in Africa. It utilizes data collected through questionnaires from forty-two (42) experts, researchers and officials working in peacebuilding, humanitarian, media and development agencies in South Sudan to present the perspective of those on the ground. The study highlights the different perspectives with regard to the success of secession in South Sudan, its wider continental implications, and possible interventions that can be adopted to address protracted secessionist conflicts.

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