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The Africa Study Group is happy to co-sponsor a discussion with former Canadian Ambassador to South Sudan Alan Hampson (in English only), organized by CIPS Fragile States Network of the University of Ottawa. The discussion, on the revitalized peace agreement and its prospects, will take place next Wednesday December 12 from 6 to 8 PM in the University of Ottawa Social Science Building, FSS 4006, 120 University Private.

Le Groupe de réflexion sur l’Afrique est heureux de co-sponsoriser une discussion (en anglais seulement) avec l’ancien ambassadeur canadien au Soudan du Sud Alan Hampson, organisée par le CÉPI de l’Université d’Ottawa. La discussion, sur l’entente de paix revitalisée et les perspectives pour son succès, aura lieu mercredi prochain, le 12 décembre, de 18h à 20h à la salle FSS 4006 de l’édifice de sciences sociales de l’Université d’Ottawa, 120, Université Private.

Presented by the CIPS Fragile States Research Network (FSRN) and the Africa Study Group of the Canadian International Council’s (CIC) National Capital Branch.

After almost five years of civil war, in September 2018 the Government of South Sudan and opposition forces signed the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Some praise the accord for opening the door to a ceasefire, power sharing, security sector reform, renewed oil production and democratic elections. Others worry that it is as likely to fail as previous peace agreements, as it reflects a lack of political will to address fundamental issues like the concentration of power, impunity for human rights violations and pervasive insecurity for internally displaced persons and others, especially in rural areas.

What are the exact terms of the R-ARCSS agreement? What are its provisions for monitoring and enforcement? What are the incentives and disincentives for compliance by power holders?  What roles are South Sudanese civil society organisations and regional actors playing in the implementation process? How are Canada, the UN and other international partners responding to the accord and what could they contribute in 2019?

Guest speaker: Alan Hamson was Canada’s Ambassador to South Sudan from 2016 to 2018. He is currently Director of Strategic Planning and Coordination in Global Affairs Canada’s Peace and Stabilisation Operations Program (PSOPs).

Co-chairs: Stephen Baranyi (uOttawa Professor and CIPS/FSRN Coordinator) and Bruce Montador (Chair, Africa Study Group, National Capital Branch, CIC).

In English. Free but come early, as space is limited.