This Week in South Sudan – Week 29 and 30

Monday 16 July Ugandan President Museveni called for European countries to ease sanctions on South Sudan. Daily Monitor: “South Sudan Talks: A Lasting Peace or Marriage of Convenience?” Wednesday 18 July President Salva Kiir sacked the foreign affairs minister Deng Alor Kuol and appointed Nhial Deng Nhial to the position. The UN Security Council imposed… Read more »

The Norwegian Defeat in Afghanistan

The Norwegian involvement did not produce lasting results in Afghanistan, but it did foster goodwill with the United States and other allies. But the negative international ripple effects are serious, including an erosion of the commitment to peaceful conflict resolution, as well as an undermining of international norms and rules.

One of a large number of unofficial armed groups. Photo: Bethany Matta / IRIN

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U.N. Peacekeeping Really Can Be Effective. Here’s How We Tabulated This

Syria’s seven years of conflict have had devastating consequences, with hundreds of thousands of people dead and more than 4 million refugees. Would the story be different if the United Nations Security Council had managed to come to an agreement and deployed a peacekeeping operation (PKO) early in the conflict?

Would a PKO have been able to resolve this conflict?

Despite popular conceptions to the contrary (see also here and here), a large body of research has shown that PKOs are surprisingly effective at keeping the peace.

UN Peacekeepers Day celebration in the DR Congo. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

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Record deaths at sea: will ‘regional disembarkation’ help save lives?

Never has it been more dangerous for people in search of protection to make the crossing to Europe. The estimated death rate on boat migration journeys across the Mediterranean has risen from 4 per 1000 in 2015 to 24 per 1000 in the first four months of 2018, according to available data.

While the death rate is higher than ever, the size of migration flows across the Mediterranean has shrunk dramatically. The number of refugees and other migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in June was down 94% compared to the peak of the migration and refugee crisis in 2015. This means that migration policy-makers now have an opportunity to move on from crisis response to a search for long-term solutions.

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This Week in South Sudan – Week 28

There will be no This Week in South Sudan for week 29 and instead a combined newsletter for week 29 and 30.   Tuesday 10 July Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition, rejected Entebbe’s power sharing proposal. Wednesday 11 July SPLM-IO blamed the government forces for clashes in River Yei and for abducting civilians in the southern… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 27

Tuesday 3 July The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) proposed a bill to extent President Kiir’s term for three years. The oppositions rejected the proposal. Wednesday 4 July The GoSS and the Government of Sudan finally agreed to open four crossing corridors: Kosti-Renk road and river, Meriam-Aweil road and rail (not in operation), Heglig-Bentiu and… Read more »

A new technology of security, an old logic of suspicion: surveillance of crowds

Crowd surveillance is on the rise. Contemporary emergency and counter-terrorism planning has underlined the vulnerability of crowded places and called for a greater need to understand and manage crowd behaviour in a time of crisis. Accordingly, in the past few years the research and deployment of crowd surveillance technologies have been initiated across the world… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 26

The Khartoum Peace Agreement On Wednesday 27 June, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar signed a peace deal alongside representatives from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, the Former Detainees, other political parties, Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir, and witnesses from IGAD and the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States). President Salva Kiir and Riek… Read more »

Peace, Order, and Good Government

Critical infrastructure is widely recognized as an immediate and pressing security concern for liberal democracies. Large, dispersed, and highly complex systems like energy grids and transport systems that support today’s way of life were not designed with security in mind and are highly vulnerable to all sorts of disruptions that can have widespread social and economic… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 25

Tuesday 19 June The EU donates 68 million euro in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable communities in Sudan and South Sudan. Wednesday 20 June A delegation from the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) will arrive in Khartoum at the end of June to discuss and initiate the oil production and cooperation between the two Sudans. The… Read more »