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PeaceRep’s South Sudan research


Both Sudans are at critical junctures in their political and economic transitions. Sudan still has to mitigate the aftermath of a military counter-coup that disrupted the political transition process. South Sudan has prolonged the formal transition process attached to the peace agreement Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) by 24 months. Both face deep economic crises and international political economies that risk fragmenting both countries. Meanwhile, Sudan’s civic communities acutely illustrate the power of civic movements to meaningfully resist the coercive politics that define the nature of governance in both Sudans. 

Track and monitor the implementation of peace and transition processes for South Sudan via the PA-X Tracker.

Ethnic group Ngok Dinka people celebrate with a South Sudanese flag in Juba on October 31, 2013, the results of an unofficial referendum of residents of contested region Abyei to decide if it lies in Sudan or South Sudan. Residents of Abyei chose overwhelmingly to join South Sudan, election officials said on October 31, amid warnings the poll could inflame tensions in the volatile region. The fate of Abyei is one of the most important and sensitive issues left unresolved since South Sudan became an independent state in 2011, ending two decades of civil war in Sudan. AFP PHOTO / WAAKHE SIMON (Photo by Simon Wudu WAAKHE / AFP) (Photo by SIMON WUDU WAAKHE/AFP via Getty Images)

PeaceRep’s South Sudan research explores public authority in South Sudan, the key dynamics between Sudan and South Sudan and their impact on each other’s transition process, and the role of different types of financial flows on governance outcomes. It will achieve this through the development of policy analyses and academic research rooted in robust evidence bases gathered in both countries and from across the world.

We are also examining perceptions of peace in South Sudan, through a series of surveys recording daily experiences of safety and views on elections, governance arrangements, security arrangements, trust in public authorities, civic space, national identity, and social cohesion. Browse the interactive dashboard to explore findings from the surveys: Perceptions of Peace in South Sudan.

South Sudan is a key element of our work in the Global Transitions series, which looks at fragmentations in the global order and how these impact peace and transition settlements.

We are also exploring the role of digital technologies in the violation and application of humanitarian law, and its consequences for famine risk and prevention.


PeaceRep’s South Sudan research is led by the Conflict and Civicness Research Group at LSE Ideas and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University. The project is delivered in collaboration with World Peace Foundation at Tufts University, with in-country partners Detcro and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) and independent consultants Nyachangkuoth Rambang Tai and Adut Alaak Garang.


South Sudan Research


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