Summer School: South Sudan – Lessons for Peace & Conflict Studies?
How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in South Sudan, and how can insights from South Sudan advance academic research? swisspeace’s 5-day summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and statebuilding and critically reflects on their relevance for the South Sudan context.
What are the main developments in South Sudan since independence in 2011? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict today? How does the ongoing armed conflict relate to previous civil wars and what are lessons learned from peace and state building engagement taking place prior to independence? What role has the recent IGAD-led mediation process played? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed and what is the role of external actors in this process?
Participants will focus on specific topics relevant to the South Sudan context including state formation, local governance, peace mediation, civil society, and responsibility to protect. They will work with case studies, conduct interviews with experts and reflect on scenarios for future developments in South Sudan. The swisspeace Summer School is one module of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding of the University of Basel and swisspeace.
Prof. Jok Madut Jok, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Juba and Sudd Institute, Juba, South Sudan
Prof. Dan Large, School of Public Policy, Central European University
David Lanz, Head of Mediation program, swisspeace
Martina Santschi, Senior Researcher at the Statehood & Conflict program, swisspeace
Franziska Sigrist, swisspeace (course coordinator)