South Sudan: The Politics of Delay

Alex de Waal, Alan Boswell, David Deng, Rachel Ibreck, Matthew Benson, Jan Pospisil

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International sponsors of South Sudan’s peace process should respond creatively to the delay in forming the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU). An intemperate response, which might include a new, immovable and near deadline or rapidly imposing sanctions, runs two risks. First, it jeopardizes the ceasefire—the truly substantial achievement of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Second, a deadline could be an opportunity for the government of Pres. Salva Kiir Mayardit to reinforce its authoritarianism. The 100-day extension provides an opportunity to put in place inclusive processes to address South Sudan’s governance crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages8
EditionCRP Memo
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2019


  • South Sudan
  • delay
  • time
  • temporality
  • tajility
  • peacebuilding
  • transition processes


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