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The Role of International Actors in the Creation of South Sudan Edward Copeland

The Role of International Actors in the Creation of South Sudan

Edward Copeland

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On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest state. This book explores the factors that led to the country’s secession and specifically examines and evaluates the role that international actors played in the process.Using as a basis some ofMoreOn 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest state. This book explores the factors that led to the country’s secession and specifically examines and evaluates the role that international actors played in the process.Using as a basis some of the leading theoretical works on new state formation, the book analyses the relative importance of domestic and international factors and shows how Sudan met many of the typical preconditions for secession movements. These included having different social and ethnic groups situated in separable territories, conflicting notions of national identity, and economic and political disparities. Yet it argues that many of these underlying preconditions were created as a result of the period of Anglo-Egyptian colonialism (1899-1955), itself an example of international intervention.Examining the events which led to South Sudan’s referendum for independence in January 2011, the book explores the influence of the USA, China, the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, and argues that the involvement of the USA, China and the United Nations was particularly decisive in bringing about independence for South Sudan. Overall, it demonstrates that South Sudan represents a powerful case study of how international actors affect new state formation.