Contingency Planning Memorandum

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Renewed Conflict in Sudan

CPA Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 7

Author: , Director, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Renewed Conflict in Sudan - renewed-conflict-in-sudan

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations

Release Date March 2010

8 pages


Sudan faces the prospect of renewed violence between north and south over the next twelve to eighteen months. Overwhelmingly in favor of independence, the south will either secede peacefully through a credible referendum process as agreed to in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) or pursue this by force if the CPA should collapse. This Center for Preventive Action Contingency Planning Memorandum by Katherine Almquist presents the likely triggers of renewed civil war and discusses the U.S. policy options for preventing it from happening and mitigating its consequences in the event that it does. Almquist concludes that U.S.-led international support for self-determination should be unambiguously affirmed without prejudice toward unity, and that it must be backed by preparations to recognize and assist an independent southern Sudan.

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Katherine Almquist is senior fellow for security and development at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. She was previously the assistant administrator for Africa at USAID.

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