South Sudan: Progress Toward Peace or Locked in Crisis?

Zoom Webinar
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., October 1, 2020

This event has now concluded. A full-length recording is available below.

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.

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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.

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Laurie Nathan

Mediation Program Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Professor of the Practice of Mediation, Keough School of Global Affairs

Ahmed Hersi

Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for South Sudan, Intergovernmental Authority on Development
Keynote Speaker

Hanna Serwaa Tetteh

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the African Union; Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union
Keynote Speaker

Madhav Joshi

Associate Research Professor, Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Emmily Koiti

Youth Representative to the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission

David Lanz

Co-Head, swisspeace Mediation Program