15 December 2013 conflict broke out between army fractions in South Sudan. So far 50,000 are estimated to be dead and 2.5 million have fled their homes in the world’s newest state. The conflict has generated considerable media attention and developments are followed by the Norwegian government and other countries which have invested considerably in the peace process and in building up the new country. However, reporting from the conflict has reflected a chaotic situation, with several conflicting interests at stake. An overflow of substandard news and analysis has contributed to cloud the real dynamics of the conflict, and the significance of reported events becomes hard to grasp.
This blog seeks to offer an improved understanding of the current situation by monitoring, forwarding and analysing information concerning developments in the South Sudan. It follows news, reports and NGO publications, and critically assesses this information and its sources. The blog is run by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), project: Dynamics of State Failure and Violence, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Some funds were also provided during the initial phase of the blog through the projects: Conflict Trends and Youth and Violence in South Sudan, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Monitoring South Sudan is edited by Senior Researcher, Øystein H. Rolandsen, and managed by Fanny Nicolaisen.