Inside Story

Can there be a peaceful future for South Sudan?

Ten years after independence, the world’s youngest nation struggles with political instability and humanitarian crises.

When South Sudan became independent 10 years ago, President Salva Kiir promised a new beginning of tolerance, love and unity.

The excitement was soon replaced by civil war, fragile peace deals, and humanitarian crises.

Kiir still leads the nation a decade on. But he’s been locked in a power struggle with the first vice president, Riek Machar.

The country is poorly developed. Millions are still displaced from the civil war, and half the population urgently needs aid.

So, what’s the future for the world’s youngest nation?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Geoffrey Duke – Security analyst and director of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, a network against armed violence

Nyagoah Tut Pur – South Sudan researcher for Human Rights Watch

James Okuk – Conflict management specialist and senior research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies