South Sudan

South Sudan

Population: 11.7 mn.
GDP: $11.9 bn.
Debt: n/a

While its leaders fight over power-sharing and the spoils of office, the world's youngest state teeters on the edge of widespread famine. A collapse in the oil price, though, means they can't continue squandering national resources. As pressure for sanctions and intervention mounts, mediator IGAD seeks a new government by 9 July, Independence Day.


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  • Vol 56 No 3
  •  6th February 2015

US security and Chinese capital

There’s a build-up of arms and fighters in the Upper Nile oil fields amid doubts about the latest ceasefire deal

  • Vol 56 No 2
  •  23rd January 2015

Long tunnel, glimmer of light

A step has been taken to end the fighting and towards a lasting political agreement. Weak oil prices put more pressure on the government

  • Vol 55 No 18
  •  12th September 2014

A deadline for the deadline

Regional officials are finally running out of patience with obfuscation from both warring parties and could impose sanctions next month

  • Vol 55 No 14
  •  11th July 2014

Famine ‘almost a certainty’

The conflict has caused a food emergency and sanctions against the rival leaders for blocking progress are now on the table

  • Vol 55 No 10
  •  16th May 2014

The end of the beginning

President Salva Kiir and his former Deputy, Riek Machar, have agreed to an interim government but its shape is far from clear

  • Vol 55 No 10
  •  16th May 2014

Fixing the forces

Foreign military assistance is piecemeal and has yet to be sorted out. Britain’s contribution, for instance, includes training an officer in England, along with one from Sudan. The root-and-branch reform which the the Sudan People’s Liberation...

  • Vol 55 No 9
  •  1st May 2014

Calling time on the killing

As the rival leaders appear indifferent to the slaughter and threats to stability, support is growing for a serious intervention force and targeted sanctions

  • Vol 55 No 9
  •  1st May 2014

The third eleven enters the contest

At talks in Addis Ababa about forming an interim government in South Sudan, some are pinning their hopes on a group of eleven politicians, most of whom were ministers until they were sacked by President Salva Kiir Mayardit last July. That reshuffle was wi...

  • Vol 55 No 6
  •  21st March 2014

Talks or treason trials

President Salva Kiir is hardening Juba’s line as Western governments threaten sanctions against those blocking peace talks

  • Vol 55 No 5
  •  7th March 2014

Shooting in Juba, talking in Addis

Regional governments plan to send in troops as pressure grows for a political settlement

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