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South Sudan: IGAD (and the international community) at a crossroads

The renewed outbreak of fighting in the South Sudanese capital Juba over the last two weeks brings back painful memories of when the civil war started, back in 2013. Just as then, the world looks at the regional states to respond who, unlike the US, UK, Russia, or China, acutely suffer as a result of the mass influx of refugees, loss of investment and trade, and implications for regional security. Read the analysis written by Luuk van de Vondervoort, Arms Expert on the UN Panel of Experts for South Sudan until June 2016.

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Igad wants ICC judges to postpone case against Uhuru Kenyatta

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) has joined the African Union in demanding that the case against Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court (ICC) be postponed till after his term in office as president.

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Stalemate in South Sudan: Violent Leaders, Clueless Mediators

South Sudan’s internecine civil war broke out almost 9 months ago and has already claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced nearly two million people and left nearly five million at the mercy of impending famine. It shows no sign of abating any time soon. In part, this is due to a series of failures by South Sudanese leaders and the international community.

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Addis Ababa: New talks, old problems

Whilst many people remain hopeful that the peace talks currently underway in Addis Ababa will lead to a genuine resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, we need to understand that both Sudan and South Sudan are currently dealing with rebellions which came about as a result of a poorly managed peace accord (the Comprehensive Peace Agreement).

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South Sudan’s Ceasefire Far from Conclusive

Addis Ababa – When representatives of the warring factions of South Sudan signed an agreement to end hostilities at a luxury hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, Jan, 23, fervent applause and some high-pitched ululations erupted from the audience.

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Warlords and Vague Constitution to Blame for Renegade Somali State

Mogadishu – Attempts by clan elders and militia commanders in southern Somalia to form an autonomous state, without the consent of the central government but with the apparent backing of foreign countries, remains a dangerous, destabilising element in the region, say analysts.

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