Alternative Approaches to Peace in South Sudan
Dr Majak D’Agoot, Member, SPLM Former Detainees; Deputy Defence Minister, Republic of South Sudan (2011-13)
Chair: Teohna Williams, Conflict Adviser - South Sudan, FCO (2016)
The peace agreement in South Sudan is critically endangered following the collapse of the ceasefire between the government and the armed political opposition. With the main opposition divided and the removal and resignation of other prominent figures, the government has consolidated its political control in the capital. Doubts exist as to whether independent and critical voices will be included in the transitional government moving forwards. And with stability having returned to Juba, it is unclear whether the government will accept the deployment of a regional protection force.
Recurrent failures have led some South Sudanese politicians to call for the establishment of a transitional government that excludes both President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar. Dr Majak D’Agoot, who served as deputy defence minister of South Sudan from 2011 to 2013, will present his view on the current status of the peace agreement, options for future governance and reconciliation in South Sudan.