South Sudan’s peace process faces a February deadline. Could last summer’s flooding actually help?

Matthew Hauenstein, postdoctoral research associate, Peace Accords Matrix, and Madhav Joshiassociate research professor, Peace Accords Matrix, considered the impact last summer’s flooding could have on South Sudan’s peace process in a Washington Post op-ed.

“Researchers point out that natural disasters can jump-start stalled negotiations. Here’s how: A disaster can drive both sides in a conflict to cooperate to relieve human suffering.”

Originally published at on February 14, 2020.

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Building trust must take precedence in South Sudan peace process

Madhav Joshi, associate research professor, Peace Accords Matrix and Susan D. Page, Ambassador (ret.) Visiting Professor of the Practice, detailed the tracking process of the South Sudan Peace Process in an op-ed for The Conversation.

“Our research findings are in line with the recent statement by the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat. This is that it is more important for the parties to implement the agreement fully, with ownership on all sides, than to meet a deadline.”

Originally published at on December 5, 2019.

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