Sudan and South Sudan: Reflecting on Ten Years of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Dr Eddie Thomas, Author, South Sudan: A Slow Liberation
Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge
Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Reader in Politics, University of Westminster
Mawan Muortat, Political Commentator on South Sudan and Sudan
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in January 2005, ending two decades of war between the National Congress Party (NCP) of the North and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army (SPLM/A) of the South. Both the NCP and SPLM remain in power today, with South Sudan having achieved independence in 2011 after a referendum. But the legacy of the agreement, facilitated by regional and international mediators, is tainted by unresolved challenges, including the status of Abyei, continued conflict in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile and the final demarcation of the two countries’ boundaries.
This event will launch the new book South Sudan: A Slow Liberation by Eddie Thomas, published by Zed Books. The event will examine the legacy of the CPA and the extent to which it laid the foundations for lasting peace. Panellists will explore options for progress in and between both countries.