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Addressing South Sudan’s Crisis

A Public Discussion with Gerard Prunier and Joseph Bonsu


4th Floor Conference Room, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D

In December 2013, South Sudan descended into bloodshed, barely two years after it gained independence.

Despite being at the forefront of a series of new peacebuilding initiatives (e.g. G7), the country collapsed into full-scale civil war in a week’s time. Within a month, it displaced Somalia as the most fragile state in the world, topping the 2014 Fragile States Index. Within a year, the conflict displaced 1.5 million people, while some 10,000 people are estimated to have died in the fighting. Two and a half million people currently face food insecurity.

This discussion reconsidered recent events, including the drivers of the crisis, the current political and humanitarian situation, and policy options.


Dr. Caty Clement, Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy


Dr. Gerard Prunier, Former Director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa

Mr Joseph Bonsu, Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 

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