South Sudan

Since January 2011, I have worked as a researcher for the Human Security Baseline Assessment Project, a multi-year research project administered by Small Arms Survey that studies conflict dynamics in Sudan and South Sudan. I contribute monthly reports on the situation in Abyei, a contested territory on the Sudan-South Sudan border. I have also contributed a variety of other monthly reports: on the conflict over Heglig, South Kordofan, on the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (which is neither safe nor demilitarized), and the 14-Mile Area on the East Darfur-Northern Bahr el Ghazal border. 

Since the current South Sudanese civil war began in December 2013, I have written monthly or bi-monthly updates on the situation in:

The links above are to the current versions of these reports.

I have also written five much longer reports for Small Arms Survey:

A State of Disunity: Conflict Dynamics in Unity State, 2013-15, is a 256-page Working Paper that I wrote with Jérôme Tubiana, which looks at the history of the South Sudanese Civil War in Unity State. It includes analysis of the UN's decision to arm the rebels at the outset of the conflict, the manipulation of humanitarian aid, and a blow by blow account of the war, county by county.

Legitimacy, Exclusion, and Power: Taban Deng Gai and the future of the South Sudan peace process, is an Issue Brief that analyses Taban Deng Gai's accession to power as First Vice-President of South Sudan, and its implication for the South Sudanese peace process (HSBA Issue Brief 25, Geneva: Small Arms Survey, 15 December 2016).

Contested Borders: Continuing Tensions over the Sudan-South Sudan Border, is a 79-page working paper updating Dividing Lines that looks at the Sudan-South Sudan border since 2013 (HSBA Working Paper No. 34, Geneva: Small Arms Survey, 13 November 2014).

Dividing lines: Grazing and conflict along the Sudan-South Sudan border, is a 65,000-word working paper that looks at the challenges posed to pastoral and nomadic groups by South Sudan's independence, and the creation of a national frontier running between the two countries (HSBA Working Paper No. 30, Geneva: Small Arms Survey, 18 July 2013).

Creating Facts on the Ground: Conflict Dynamics in Abyei, is a working paper that I wrote in the aftermath of the Sudanese army's invasion of the territory, and chronicles life in the area during the first six months of 2011 (HSBA Working Paper No. 26, Geneva: Small Arms Survey, 7 July 2011).

In 2011, I worked for Human Rights Watch as a researcher looking at prisons in Southern Sudan, and my findings were then used in Prison is not for me: Arbitrary Detention in South Sudan (New York: HRW, 21 June 2012).