In September 2018, the revitalized peace agreement for South Sudan sought to end the country’s bloody civil war, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and created a massive refugee and humanitarian crisis. Two years after its signing, the agreement remains tenuous, and there is domestic and international concern that implementation delays could contribute to renewed violence. With the COVID-19 crisis presenting a new threat to stability in South Sudan, the stakes for peace are even higher.
What lessons can we learn from the mediation process that produced the peace agreement in South Sudan, and from the implementation of the agreement thus far? And what, currently, is the state of peace and stability in the country?
Please join us for a panel discussion featuring experts from the UN, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), swisspeace, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Participants will offer a fresh critique of the 2013-2015 mediation process and provide an update on implementation. Most importantly, senior IGAD and UN officials will present their observations and analysis of the current situation.
This event, which builds on earlier research and discussion on South Sudan, is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and the Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in partnership with IGAD and swisspeace.
Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (center) discusses South Sudan with representatives of the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) during a 2018 meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.