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.
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.