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The civil war in South Sudan, characterized by ongoing violence and broken ceasefires, is, for the moment, paused by a tenuous peace agreement. To make it stick, the need for regional mediation and international pressure is greater than ever. In this policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, examines the key role IGAD—a regional group composed of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda—has played in the peace process and recommends greater coordination between IGAD, the U.S., and other key international stakeholders and deeper engagement in the peace process.

This is Policy Brief No. 2 of The Southern Voices Network publication series.

For more in-depth analysis, please see below for Research Paper No. 8 of The Southern Voices Network publication series.

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Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan

Southern Voices Network Scholar;
Lecturer, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University
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