The arrival of the Ethiopian peacekeeping force in Sudan has again focused attention on the disputed region of Abyei. This event brings together Dr Luka Biong Deng, and His Excellency Abdullahi Alazreg to discuss their different perspectives on the issues, with His Excellency Norbert Braakhuis providing additional reflections.
This event has been scheduled to mark the imminent independence of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July, following January’s referendum in which people of the south voted to separate from the north after decades of civil war.
This event will launch the book Waging Peace in Sudan: Past, Present and Future (Sussex Academic Press). Speakers will discuss how regional efforts, the engagement of the Troika (US, UK and Norway) and the two leaders on each side, Vice President Ali Osman Taha and late Chairman of the SPLM/A Dr John Garang worked together in ending the longest civil war in Africa and will provide possible scenarios on the future of the two Sudans.
The rapid expansion of Sudan’s towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges. The speakers will reflect on the challenges of urbanisation in Nyala within the context of the referendum in Southern Sudan.