Books On Sudan/South Sudan


The Fate of Sudan: The Origins and Consequences of a Flawed
Peace Process
John Young, 2012

In 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ended one of Africa’s most devastating civil wars and set the stage for the partition of Sudan, Africa’s largest country. One of the most important peace agreements in African history, it has had decisive consequences for the entire Horn of Africa. Yet to date there has been little rigorous analysis as to why the parties signed the CPA, what strategies they adopted having signed the agreement, and the political consequences of state partition actually are. In The Fate of Sudan, John Young argues forcefully that the birth of the independent state of Southern Sudan and the threat of further dismemberment of a rump northern Sudan are due to the failure of the approaches and ideologies of the main Sudanese parties, as well as a deeply flawed US-backed peace process that excludes civil society and rebel groups. Written by an insider directly involved in the Sudanese election and referendum processes, and featuring a wealth of first-hand evidence, this is a crucial examination of a topic of intense political and media interest.

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SPLM/SPLA: Inside and African Revolution
Lam Akol, 2011

The SPLA hit the headlines of the new media for the first time in the closing months of 1983 and it remained on the news ever since. Few, however, knew anything about the inner workings of the SPLA or its political arm the SPLM. This book is an attempt to shed light on the origins and organization of the SPLM/SPLA and the conduct of war by the guerilla movement. It is not a history of the SPLM/SPLA, but a contribution to it from the author’s perspective.






splm:splaSPLM/SPLA: The Nasir Declaration
Lam Akol, 2003

In August 1991, three members of the SPLM/SPLA Political-military High Command made the Nasir Declaration. This led to the split of the Movement. One of the leaders of the move (many say, THE ringleader) gives an account of the events that led to this momentous event in the SPLM/SPLA history, the developments that followed, what went wrong in the process, how the move affected Sudanese politics and the way forward for South Sudan.

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The Phoenix State: Civil Society and the Future of Sudan
A. H. Abdel Salam, Alex de Waal

Sometime in the coming months and years, Sudan will face a transition to peace and democracy. This will be time of immense opportunity for the country: how will it respond to the enormous challenges of building a society based on equality, democracy and human rights?

This book represents the efforts of Sudanese civil society organizations to come to terms with these challenges. Each chapter deals with a basic issue for the future of Sudan.


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The Power of Creative Reasoning: The Ideas and Vision of John Garang
Lual A. Deng, 2013

Seventy-two percent of South Sudan’s population is under thirty years of age. It is this generation that must create a new South Sudanese identity that is inclusive of all its nationalities. In The Power of Creative Reasoning, author Lual A. Deng shows how the ideas and concepts touted by Dr. John Garang could facilitate the advancement of the ideals of freedom, liberty, and human dignity.

The Power of Creative Reasoning provides an insider’s perspective on Garang, a visionary leader who used a combination of strategic thinking and a path-goal approach to resolve complex societal problems. Deng has coined the term “Garangism” as the pursuit of Sudanese commonality with conviction, courage, consistency, and creativity to end all forms of marginalization.

Deng shows how Garang employed symbolic logic in the form of Venn Diagrams to articulate the vision of New Sudan and presents ten powerful ideas to help the Sudanese as they are facing serious challenges of leadership, democratic governance, sustained peace, economic growth, poverty, and corruption. The Power of Creative Reasoning communicates that the leadership of the new Sudan can manage these challenges by internalizing Garang’s ideas.

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Sudan at the Brink: Self Determination and National UnitySudan at the Brink: Self Determination and National Unity
Francis Mading Deng, 2010

In this brief but comprehensive book, Francis Deng offers a creative analysis of the situation, aimed at addressing, and hopefully resolving, the complex dilemmas confronting Sudan, Africa, and the international community over the critical choice the South will make in January 2011–unity or secession.

This book is a powerful statement by an individual who is deeply concerned about the plight of his people and the destiny of his country, a man who, in many ways, symbolizes the lofty aspirations for unity in which diversity is seen as a source of enrichment and not of destructive conflict, a unity of full equality among all its citizens.

Sudan at the Brink is a must-read for all those concerned with developments in Sudan at this critical juncture in the history of the country. Whatever decision the Sudanese make in the January 2011 referendum, it is imperative that it be an informed choice carefully weighing the implications of secession versus unity. These profound options will likely be debated in the United Nations General Assembly. They will also be carefully considered in multiple other forums where the future of humanitarian action, peacekeeping, and development are considered.

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South Sudan IdeologicallySouth Sudan Ideologically
Kuir Garang, 2013

South Sudan Ideologically presents South Sudanese historical events and prominent ideologies with amplified African-ness. The book gives African liberation voices, especially the chiefs and leaders of 1947 Juba Conference, the respect they deserve.

The author castigates African Sudanese but presents them as dignified people whose traditional democracy and methodical problem solving ways have been hellenized and the people projected as uncultured and uncivilized. The book therefore presents a flawed yet dignified and uniquely civilized humanity. The rejection of the parochial Arabic and European understanding of civilization marks the tone of the book.

Many scholars, foreigners and South Sudanese alike, have written extensively about South Sudan. However, these books present the events and affecting ideologies in an unhelpful manner. Some South Sudan scholars present ideologies and events in a manner that respects their partisan and tribal point of view. Yet others present issues with European lenses. Foreign scholars, who’ve written about South Sudan, have some hidden condescending undertone.

These books therefore do no justice to the ingenious and wise traditional African ways in history, during 1947 Juba conference and to the present. This is where South Sudan Ideologically comes in.

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