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China serves as a stabilizing force in South Sudan’s fragile peace

On Wednesday, the “final final” peace deal was ostensibly struck– a handshake between South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kirr– signifying a truce in the 5-year civil war that has devastated the young nation.

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

African energy producers face oil price pressure

While importing countries’ consumers are rejoicing at cheap oil prices, oil-producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing severe fiscal downturns from the drastic shift in the global oil market. With global oil

International Politics

Is South Sudan a game-changer in China’s foreign policy?

China’s active bid for South Sudan’s peace deal may mark a shift away from its traditional ‘non-interference’ foreign policy towards a more proactive role in global politics. Despite China’s unprecedented rise

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Sudan’s Arab Spring?

Protests erupted in Khartoum after Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir announced the elimination of fuel subsidies last week. The question remains whether al-Bashir’s regime can weather these riots and restore

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Is Sudan the next Arab Spring hot spot?

With its neighbors roiled in the messy aftermath of the Arab Spring, some have expressed hope that Sudan will be the next chip to fall to popular revolution. The most

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Sudan and South Sudan political tension to rise

For over four decades, intra-state conflict raged in the north east African state of Sudan. There were few intermissions from the violence until a long-awaited peace agreement was signed in

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Japanese Investment Breaks South Sudan Oil Deadlock

Without oil, the only major source of revenue for South Sudan, the country would be essentially bankrupt. Fortunately, Japanese investment is changing that. Africa’s vast natural resource wealth offers obvious