One Year of Conflict: Perspectives on South Sudan
Jeremy-Astill Brown, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Melanie Teff, Senior Emergency Response Team Advocacy & Policy Coordinator, International Rescue Committee
Jehanne Henry, Senior Researcher, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
James Copnall, Journalist, Author and South Sudan Analyst
Chair: Mawan Muortat, Political Commentator on South Sudan and Sudan
Almost one year on from the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan, a lasting peace deal between the rival factions of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army remains out of reach. Regionally-brokered talks in Addis Ababa have been mired by continued fighting in the Greater Upper Nile region and disagreements over power-sharing in a transitional government. The conflict, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and created almost 2 million internally displaced persons, has also increased the spectre of famine.
This event, which will also launch the Chatham House Research Paper South Sudan’s Slide into Conflict: Revisiting the Past and Reassessing Partnerships, will examine the drivers of the conflict, the humanitarian implications and possible ways forward.