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  • The world’s youngest nation falters: keeping the peace in South Sudan

    Posted 24/12/2013 by Nic Brangwin
    Two and a half years after gaining independence from Sudan, the newly formed nation of South Sudan has erupted into violence that could potentially lead to civil war.

    Tensions among the ethnic Nuer and Dinka groups have recently escalated and there have been reports of widespread violence and killing across the country. Ongoing political disputes are at the root of the current unrest. Media reports indicate the former Vice President, Riek Machar (an ethnic Nuer who was dismissed in July 2013), attempted a coup against President Salva Kiir (an ethnic Dinka) and has allegedly taken control of key parts of the country. Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Defence Force, Australian foreign policy, European Union, peace keeping

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  • London Somalia Conference: ‘A space for peace and stability’

    Posted 29/02/2012 by Nicole Brangwin
    The London Somalia Conference was held on 23 February 2012 showcasing what might be considered to be an ambitious agenda, given the short program dedicated to discussions on the wide-ranging issues plaguing Somalia. The conference was opened by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and addressed by nine keynote speakers that included United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon. Three separate sessions were subsequently held to dea... Read more...

    TAGS: Horn of Africa, peacekeeping, piracy, refugees

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