Lessons in Failure: Peacebuilding in Sudan/South Sudan

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Common to most protracted conflicts that relapse into war is a disconnect between elites and local communities, which typically suffer the most when the former undermine peace agreements to further their own narrow interests. The central argument in this chapter, drawing heavily on the recent history of Sudan/South Sudan and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), is that African conflict resolution and peacebuilding relies too heavily on political agreements between politico-military elites. These deals focus largely on elite power and resource-sharing arrangements. Mostly ignored are the communal and societal dynamics that initially fed the violence. Sudan/South Sudan’s persistent conflict and instability is a prime example of what happens when peace agreements are signed without due regard for the true nature and genesis of the conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe State of Peacebuilding in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationLessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030466367
ISBN (Print)9783030466350
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Civil society
  • Comprehensive Peace Agreement
  • Darfur
  • Peacebuilding
  • Secession
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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