Dr. Luka Biong Deng is director of the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan. He is one of South Sudan’s leading commentators and he has contributed to the report: “South Sudan: The Cost of War” available at http://www.frontier-economics.com/documents/2015/01/south-sudan-cost-war.pdf.

He also recently published “Political violence and the emergence of the dispute over Abyei, Sudan, 1950–1983”, a chapter in: Politics and Violence in Eastern Africa: The Struggles of Emerging States (D. M. Anderson and Ø. H. Rolandsen, eds.), Routledge, 2015.

PRIO Director Kristian Berg Harpviken will open the meeting.

Chair and Discussant: Øystein H. Rolandsen.