South Sudan on Knife-Edge

South Sudan stands poised between two stark alternatives on Christmas Eve: an escalation of fighting as government forces prepare to launch an assault on the rebels who have seized two towns, or peace talks, which the international community is urging.

  • South Sudan:  Govt Plans Assault, But Talks Mooted

    Deutsche Welle, 23 December 2013

    South Sudan's government has announced a plan to launch an offensive to take two strategic towns from rebel control. Rebel commander Riek Machar has, however, indicated he would be ... read more »

Civilians displaced by fighting at a United Nations facility on the outskirts of Juba.


  • South Sudan:  Fighting Erupts in Upper Nile, State Officials On the Run

    South Sudan News Agency, 24 December 2013

    An intense fighting erupted in Upper Nile State between warring forces of President Kiir and former VP Dr. Machar, the South Sudan News Agency has learned. read more »

  • South Sudan:  Ban Ki-Moon Asks UN for 5,500 More Troops

    Deutsche Welle, 24 December 2013

    The UN Secretary General has called on the Security Council to bolster the number of peacekeeping troops in South Sudan. The urgent request comes as Africa's youngest country ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  South Sudan On Edge As Rebels and Government Forces Face Off

    Deutsche Welle, 23 December 2013

    President Salva Kiir's army says a major offensive is underway to retake two strategic towns under the control of fighters loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar. The fighting ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  South Sudan President, Rival Call for Dialogue

    Voice of America, 23 December 2013

    The president of South Sudan and the leader of the rebellion against him are both calling for dialogue, as the country tries to deal with escalating violence. read more »

  • South Sudan:  Ongoing SPLM Political Crisis and Violence in South Sudan (document)

    ENOUGH Project, 18 December 2013

    In this open memorandum we outline possible steps the U.S. could take in addition to what is presently being done, including the immediate deployment to Juba of U.S. Special Envoy ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  African Union Demands Dialogue to End South Sudan Violence

    Voice of America, 23 December 2013

    The African Union (AU) is demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan and has called on leaders of the warring factions to engage in dialogue to prevent an ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  Obama Seeks End to South Sudan's Conflict

    Leadership, 23 December 2013

    United States President, Barack Obama has called on South Sudan leaders to end the on -going violence and work to resolve tensions peacefully and democratically. This was contained ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  Former U.S. Envoy Blames S. Sudan's Kiir for Violence

    Sudan Tribune, 23 December 2013

    The former United States special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan has offered an rare criticism of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, saying he was responsible for current violence ... read more »