South Sudan: The Politics of Delay

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Overview: This memo was jointly produced by the Conflict Research Programme (CRP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh.

The memo argues that recurrent postponement of a definitive political settlement in South Sudan is a characteristic of a turbulent political marketplace, and that it serves the interests of political actors (stronger and weaker conflict parties have different calculations), but also can potentially be leveraged by civil society. International partners should explore how best to utilize the political opportunities arising from recurrent delay and non-settlement of definitive political issues to support civic agendas.

Keywords: peace processes, interim transitions