State-building South Sudan

International Intervention and the Formation of a Fragmented State


How did South Sudan become one of the most striking examples of state-building failure and state collapse after years of international support? What went wrong in the state-building enterprise? How did external intervention overlap and intertwine with local processes of accumulation of power and of state formation? This book addresses these questions analysing the intersection between international and local actors and processes. Based on original ethnographic and archival data, it provides a unique account of how state-building resources were captured and manipulated by local actors at various levels, contributing to the deepening of ethnic fragmentation and the politicization of ethnicity.

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Sara de Simone, PhD. (2016), University of Naples “L’Orientale”, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, is a post-doctoral research fellow at the School of International Studies, University of Trento, and adjoint professor of African International Relations at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”.
Researchers working on post-conflict intervention, state-building/formation, development aid in fragile contexts; students and post-graduate students in African history and development studies; analysts and practitioners working in and on South Sudan.
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