The struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of security and state formation

Past Event The Box, Pethick-Lawrence House (formerly Tower 3) London WC2A 2AZ State, Political Economy and Inclusive Growth

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its existence as an independent nation. Less than three years after gaining independence in 2011 following a violent liberation war, the country slid back into conflict. Today the present crisis of war, economic downturns, human rights violations, state fragility, and internally displaced persons in the country has reached a critical point.

This event reflects on key challenges and opportunities for peacebuilding and growth in South Sudan and discusses important governance features that might have left South Sudan vulnerable to leadership crises and ethnic-based conflict. In addition, our expert panel explores critical lessons that could help mitigate the risk of conflict recurring in South Sudan in the future.

The event will take place 19 February 2019 from 12:00-14:00. Lunch will be available from 12:00-12:30. You can register to attend the event here.

This public event is part of a series of launch events for the book The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation, sponsored by the International Growth Centre and the African Center for Strategic Studies


Michael Amoah - Visiting Fellow, Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, London School for Economics and Political Science (LSE)