Another civil war in South Sudan: the failure of Guerrilla Government?

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2015) Another civil war in South Sudan: the failure of Guerrilla Government?, Journal of Eastern African Studies 9(1): 163–174.

​​​Popular explanations for the outbreak of a new civil war in South Sudan have centred on ethnic factors and leadership personalities. This article demonstrates that the conflict is rooted in deep cleavages within the ruling political party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). When internal tensions ca​​​me to a head in late 2013, a combination of neopatrimonial politics, a weak state structure and legacies of violence from the previous civil war allowed this to escalate into a full-scale armed conflict.​

Another civil war in South Sudan: the failure of Guerrilla Government?

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Øystein H. Rolandsen

Øystein H. Rolandsen

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