Building a nation: South Sudan one year on
A discussion of the issues facing South Sudan one year after independence, addressing questions nationhood, oil security and development
A discussion of the issues facing South Sudan one year after independence. It addresses questions around sporting symbols of nationhood, oil security and development, and the role of superpowers such as China. This builds on our previous article: "Hello South Sudan".
The world’s youngest nation celebrated its first birthday in July 2012. However, the event was marked with a "somber mood", South Sudanese citizens being all too aware of ongoing border disputes, internal violence and unstable oil production (The Telegraph, 9 July 2012).
In 2005, a peace accord was signed as an agreement to end a civil war of almost half a century between the Muslim north and largely Christian south (Bloomberg, 18 July 2012). This laid the foundations for South Sudan to gain independence – a move that offered "an opportunity to embark on the path of much-needed economic development and political democratization" (BBC, 26 June 2012).
In raising issues about national sovereignty, aid versus trade and the role of BRICs in development, this article is of relevance to A-Level students studying:
Edexcel unit 3 topics ‘Superpower Geographies’ and ‘Bridging the development gap’
AQA unit 3 topics ‘Development and Globalisation’ and ‘Contemporary conflicts and challenges’
OCR option B3 topic ‘Development and inequalities’
WJEC unit G3 topic ‘Development’
In the Members' Area:
- Sporting symbols of nationhood
- Oil, security and development
- The role of China