The Two Sudans

On July 9th, 2011 the Republic of South Sudan declared independence, resulting in the most significant redrawing of the map of Africa since decolonization. Both new Sudans face a series of internal and external challenges to peace. The U.S. Institute of Peace is engaging on many of these key issues in an effort to help build a more peaceful, stable and secure Sudan and South Sudan.

The South Sudanese Youth Leaders Program is now accepting applications through September 1, 2014.

Ask an Expert: the Crisis in South Sudan
The Global Peacebuilding Center is connecting you with Susan Stigant, one of USIP's South Sudan experts, who is ready to answer questions about the nature of the conflict. 

Peace Education in Sudan? Not as Unlikely as it Might Sound

I was eager to be back in Sudan recently after two years away. I was curious to see how the country had changed and whether anything would seem obviously different several years after the separation of South Sudan.  My USIP colleagues and I were visiting in part to help local partners present a conference on teaching peace studies at the undergraduate level in Sudanese universities.

South Sudan’s Religious Unity Can Help Heal Wounds of Violence

In mid-December, when it became clear that a meeting in Juba of one of the ruling party's decision-making bodies  was exposing tension and contained the risk of violence, national-level religious leaders of several denominations drew on the impending Christmas season to call for peace through the holiday. The hope was that the holy season in a now-predominantly Christian country could provide a pause to address the growing political rifts.    

South Sudan's Crisis Reflects Longstanding Tensions

What is happening in South Sudan?

It is difficult to know all the details, as the situation appears very fluid, although reports indicated Dec. 18 and 19 were calmer in the capital Juba than the previous three days.  Violence broke out in the capital over the previous weekend following a meeting of the National Liberation Council, one of the party’s decision-making forums of the ruling party, the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Detecting Looming Border Conflicts Using Satellites

USIP recently awarded $119,474 to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to analyze satellite images from six past conflicts in Asia, Eurasia, and Africa. Scientists will be looking for signs such as the massing of troops, construction of trenches, or  the building of military facilities near borders that might in the future help signal looming war. The idea would be to detect evidence of impending fighting without risking the danger of injecting monitors on the ground, and therefore buy time to try to de-escalate potential conflict.

Radio’s Power for Peace Among South Sudan’s Youth

Such youth participation would come at a critical juncture. As Secretary of State John Kerry commented, “The world is watching to see if South Sudan pursues the path of peace and prosperity, or the tragic path of violence and conflict that has characterized much of its past.” His remarks were made in response to President Salva Kiir’s sudden decision to dismiss his vice president and entire Cabinet on July 23.

Princeton N. Lyman

Senior Advisor to the President

Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman is a senior advisor to the President for the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman served as United States special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan from March 2011 to March  2013.  As special envoy he led U.S. policy in helping in the implementation of the  2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Ambassador Lyman previously held the position of Ralph Bunche Fellow for African Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.


Working Effectively with Interpreters

Wed, 12/11/2013 (All day)
Wed, 12/31/2014 - 23:59

This course is designed for international professionals who wish to improve their communication skills when working with an interpreter in a cross-cultural context.

The success of a project or mission in a cross-cultural, multilingual environment often depends upon effective communication with an audience or local counterpart. Interpreters play a critical role in bridging language and cultural divides, but that depends upon your ability to work with them effectively. Failed interpretation of an important message or concept can easily lead to miscommunication, embarrassment, strained relationships, or even danger. This course offers practical tips to work effectively with interpreters.

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Articles & Analysis

April 8, 2014

Nothing prepared me for the coffee-black water coming out of the taps.  It happened just as a large and delicious breakfast was set out for us in a compound dining room and we were starting to wash our hands in sinks at the side. Sudden, dark, and a bit shocking, the water seemed like a betrayal of all the honest hospitality of our generous hosts. We quickly shifted to washing with bottled water and proceeded without further disruption.  Still, the image of that dirty water where clean water had flowed before seemed like a sign that something larger was badly broken.

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