Key Publications: Sudan and South Sudan


Akec, J. et. al. We Have Lived Too Long To Be Deceived: South Sudanese Discuss the Lessons of Historic Peace Agreements (Juba University Lectures 2014), 2015

This publication is based on papers presented over three evenings of lectures at Juba University and transcripts of the discussions that ensued. The lectures attracted an audience of several hundred students and members of the public. The speakers included Oliver Albino, one of the last surviving negotiators of the Addis Ababa Agreement, Dr Lam Akol, Chairman of the SPLM-DC (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Change) and Emeritus Bishop Paride Taban.

Bello Schünemann, J. Sudan and South Sudan: Violence Trajectories after Peace Agreements (ISS PSRP report),  2019

This report asks whether peace agreements resolve, reshape or perpetuate existing patterns of violence. Peace agreements can be turning points in complex transitions from war to peace. But they don’t necessarily lead to greater stability, let alone peace. This report explores trajectories of violence in Sudan and South Sudan after the signature of peace agreements. It traces violence trajectories and explores whether these peace agreements resolved, reshaped or perpetuated existing patterns of violence.

Funnemark, A. Water Resources and Inter-state Conflict: Legal Principles and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) (PSRP report: Climate & Natural Resources Series, Economic Series)

This report draws together the key principles of international law applicable to transboundary watercourse disputes regarding quantity of water, and assesses the extent to which these principles provide guidance in negotiating the Egypt-Ethiopia watercourse conflict.


Pospisil, J. Sudan’s Enduring Transition: Evolving Arrangements after the Fall of Bashir (PA-X Report, Spotlight Series), 2019

The PA-X Spotlight Series addresses questions regarding comparative peace processes, asked by those seeking to influence peace and transition processes. Each Spotlight provides brief comparative material regarding a key issue, sometimes with reference to the specific context from which the question originated, and sometimes framed more generally.

Pospisil, J. et al. South Sudan’s Transition: Citizen’s Perception of Peace, 2020

A power-sharing government set up last month in South Sudan is fueling hope for an end to civil war, but layers of conflict remain. By Jan Pospisil, Oringa Christopher, Sophia Dawkins, and David Deng.

Pospisil, J., Konfliktlandschaften des Südsudan: Fragmente eines Staates. Transcript, 2021 (German monograph); South Sudanese conflictscapes. Rift Valley Institute, 2021 (in production, English translation).

This paper is forthcoming. A link will be added in due course.

See also: South Sudan: The Politics of Delay by the Conflict Research Programme.

This memo was jointly produced by the Conflict Research Programme (CRP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh.

The memo argues that recurrent postponement of a definitive political settlement in South Sudan is a characteristic of a turbulent political marketplace, and that it serves the interests of political actors (stronger and weaker conflict parties have different calculations), but also can potentially be leveraged by civil society. International partners should explore how best to utilize the political opportunities arising from recurrent delay and non-settlement of definitive political issues to support civic agendas.

PA-X Peace Agreements Database

For South Sudan peace agreements, see the PA-X Peace Agreements Database. View all agreements in list form and timeline form.

For all local agreements in South Sudan, see the PA-X Local Peace Agreements Database. View all local agreements in list form and timeline form.