The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Africa Program is pleased to invite you to a book launch and discussion with James Copnall, author of A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce.

When South Sudan became independent in July 2011, two new nations were born, South Sudan and Sudan. In the years after separation, the two Sudans dealt with crippling economic challenges, struggled with new and old rebellions, and fought each other along their disputed border.

Benefiting from unsurpassed access to the politicians, rebels, thinkers and events that are shaping the Sudans, James Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation.

The book discussion with James Copnall will also feature Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Wilson Center Fellow; and Alan J. Kuperman, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Alan Goulty, Wilson Center Global Fellow, will introduce the panel and moderate the discussion.