Forging Two Nations. Insights on Sudan and South Sudan
The newly published book, edited by Elke Grawert, illuminates facets of the complex consequences of the division of Sudan into two states. Like spotlights, many of the papers collected in this book provide insights into a particular social setting focusing on specific actors and their interrelations while some consider the links to the wider social and political context.
As a whole, this collection provides a concrete account of efforts in development and conflict resolution, a range of actors and their potentials and limitations, and of the risks and limitations of foreign assistance in Sudan and South Sudan after the division.
Most of the articles in this book were initially presented during the 9th International South Sudan and Sudan Studies Conference of the Sudan Studies Association USA and the Sudan Studies Society UK, which the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) organized at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn from 23 to 25 July 2012. The Conference that was generously funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other donors brought together a broad spectrum of research presentations under the heading “Identity, Economy, Power Relations, and External Interests: Old and New Challenges for Sudan and South Sudan.” The BMZ even went a step further and also funded this book publication, for which the editor and the staff of BICC extend deep gratitude.