South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence

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In July of 2011, the Republic of South Sudan declared independence from the north, effectively ending Africa's longest running civil war. The Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement, a primarily Southern rebel and political force, made this outcome possible by entering peace negotiations as a united front. Beginning in 2005 and lasting six years, The Comprehensive Peace Agreement tried to make unity palatable to the south's diverse peoples and interests. While the exercise ultimately failed, it did result in Southern ...

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Overview

In July of 2011, the Republic of South Sudan declared independence from the north, effectively ending Africa's longest running civil war. The Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement, a primarily Southern rebel and political force, made this outcome possible by entering peace negotiations as a united front. Beginning in 2005 and lasting six years, The Comprehensive Peace Agreement tried to make unity palatable to the south's diverse peoples and interests. While the exercise ultimately failed, it did result in Southern Sudan's nearly unanimous vote for independence.

Since then, violence has returned to the region, with many now fearing South Sudan itself will erupt into war. With the regime in Khartoum richly benefitting from factionalism, a durable peace seems impossible, and any resolution to the issues that have long dogged Sudan's southerners — ineffectual governance, widespread exploitation and resentment, and ethnic marginalization — seem lightyears away. This volume assesses both the social and political dynamics that contributed to the country's remarkable transformation and the pressures that threaten to tear its statehood apart.

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Editorial Reviews

Samson Wassara

LeRiche and Arnold elegantly explore the realities of state, politics, and society in the newest country in the world. This volume should generate more intellectual and popular discussion than anything published before or after the independence of South Sudan.

Alex de Waal

South Sudan is the world's newest independent state and one of its most troubled, confronting both an external threat from an aggrieved government in Khartoum and internal challenges, including the political dominance of a liberation army that retains its militant posture. Matthew LeRiche and Matthew Arnold provide an excellent guide to the complex history and prospects of an independent South Sudan.

Mervyn Frost

A careful exposition. Written by two young political scientists who prefer grassroots inquiry to speculations from the ivory tower, this is a fine example of what a study of a war should be like.

Khalid Mustafa Medani

A timely, impressively researched, and extremely important book that will become essential reading for students, scholars, and analysts. It not only elegantly analyzes the complex dynamics behind Sudan's two civil wars, exploring the origins and politics behind the historic secession of South Sudan, but also shows, in impressive detail, the strategic, ideological, and political struggles that eventually culminated in Sudan's partition.

Scott Proudfoot

This fine work will interest both general readers seeking to understand the new state of South Sudan and specialists wanting a ready reference. LeRiche and Arnold explain how John Garang's vision of a united, democratic, secular Sudan paradoxically led to its ultimate bifurcation.

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"South Sudan is the world's newest independent state and one of its most troubled, confronting both an external threat from an aggrieved government in Khartoum and internal challenges, including the political dominance of a liberation army that retains its militant posture. Arnold and LeRiche provide an excellent guide to the complex history and prospects of an independent South Sudan."--Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University

"Why did Sudan's first civil war, which aimed at secession, result in a form of semi-autonomy, and why did the second civil war fought in the name of national revolution end in secession? How was such a firmly entrenched (and profitable) civil war finally brought to a close? And what are the implications of Sudan's history of conflict for the future of Sudan's newest state? This fascinating study draws on in-depth knowledge and privileged access to the southern rebels to provide a cogent analysis of these questions. An excellent book that should be widely read."--David Keen, Professor of Complex Emergencies at the London School of Economics and author of Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important than Winning Them


"A timely, impressively researched and extremely important book on the politics of South Sudan that will become essential reading for students, scholars and analysts of the region as well as the politics of rebel insurgency, and post-conflict state building in Africa and beyond. South Sudan: from Revolution to Independence not only elegantly analyses the complex dynamics behind Sudan s two civil wars, exploring the origins and politics behind the historic secession of South Sudan, but also shows, in impressive detail, the strategic, ideological and political struggles that eventually culminated in Sudan's partition.' --Khalid Mustafa Medani, Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies, McGill University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231704144
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Arnold is an academic and aid worker specializing in postconflict reconstruction. He is the coauthor of Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace.

Matthew LeRiche earned his Ph.D. from King's College, London, and has been living and working in South Sudan and the surrounding region since 2004.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abstract ix

Introduction: From Southern Sudan to South Sudan 1

Contested identities and near perpetual war 3

The origins of ?Southern Sudan' 7

Transforming Southern Sudan into South Sudan 16

The purposes of the book 20

1 The Southern Sudan Question: Unity or Separation? 23

Section 1 The First Civil War: Anya-Nya secessionism ends in unity 24

Section 2 The Second Civil War: the SPLA's revolution ends in secession 31

Section 3 Domineering personalities and conflicted collaboration 40

Conclusion: New Sudan dies; South Sudan is born 55

2 The golden years of revolution: 1983-1991 57

Section 1 The SPLA emerges as the dominant Southern force 58

Section 2 The SPLA advances, Khartoum turns to Southern proxies 67

Section 3 The 1991 watershed 77

Conclusion: When golden is relative 86

3 Years of darkness, serious struggle, negotiations: 1991-2005 89

Section 1 The dark years of revolution 90

Section 2 The SPLA/M's serious struggle to regain the initiative 97

Section 3 Negotiating the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) 105

Conclusion: And now the hard part 113

4 Giving Unity a Chance: The CPA's Interim Period, 2005-2011 115

Section 1 The implications of Garang's death for the CPA process 116

Section 2 Relative accommodation and perseverance for the referendum 120

Section 3 What happened to the Second Republic of New Sudan? 132

Conclusion: Persistence pays off 138

5 Defining the Republic of South Sudan 141

Section 1 From region to state-laying the foundations of sovereign governance 143

Section 2 Keeping it together; confronting the revival of Other Armed Groups 157

Section 3 The economic situation at independence and development 165

Conclusion 184

6 The Parameters of South Sudan's Foreign Policy 187

Section 1 The Two Sudans-South Sudan's relations with Sudan 188

Section 2 South Sudan's relations with regional neighbours 202

Section 3 South Sudan's relations with the major powers 206

Conclusion 211

7 The Meaning of Liberation in South Sudan 213

Section 1 Who owns South Sudan's liberation? 215

Section 2 What is South Sudanese nationalism? 226

Section 3 The need for South-South reconciliation 233

Conclusion: The long walk to freedom 238

Notes 241

Index 301

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