15 December 2013 conflict broke out between army fractions in South Sudan. So far, more than 1000 are said to be dead and 800,000 to have fled their homes in the world’s newest state. The conflict has generated considerable media attention and developments are followed by the Norwegian government and other countries which have invested considerably in the peace process and in building up the new country. However, reporting from the conflict has reflected a chaotic situation, with several conflicting interests at stake. An overflow of substandard news and analysis has contributed to cloud the real dynamics of the conflict, and the significance of reported events becomes hard to grasp.
This blog seeks to offer an improved understanding of the current situation by monitoring, forwarding and analysing information concerning developments in the South Sudan. It follows news, reports and NGO publications, and critically assess this information and its sources. The blog is run by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Projects Conflict Trends, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the project Dynamics of State Failure and Violence, funded by the Research Council of Norway.