South Sudan: Can Africa’s Newest Nation Ever Find Peace and Prosperity?
SPEAKER: Amb. Mark L Asquino (ret.)
WHEN: Thursday, November 7th. 10-11:30am.
WHERE: CIR Conference Room. 413 Grant Ave, Suite D.
TICKETS: $7 for CIR Members. Available here.
South Sudan, Africa’s newest nation, became independent on July 9, 2011. The United States played a major role in brokering the country’s independence — but on December 15, 2013, less than two and a half years after independence celebrations in the capital of Juba, a brutal civil war broke out.
During five years of conflict, some 400,000 South Sudanese were killed in horrendous violence characterized by massive ethnic killings, the systematic rape of women and girls as a weapon of war, and widespread starvation. More than 1.9 million of the total population of twelve million became internally displaced. And 2.2. million South Sudanese fled the country to surrounding nations. A fragile peace agreement was signed on September 12, 2018 that calls for a new government of national unity to be formed no later than November 12, 2019. Will the South Sudanese achieve this — or fall into further conflict?
Ambassador Mark L. Asquino (ret.), served as Deputy of Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan from 2008-2010 as the south prepared for independence. In this talk, he will discuss the reasons why South Sudan completely imploded, and offer thoughts on the future prospects for peace in this tragically shattered nation.