CEWARN's new strategy framework: Implications for Sudan and South Sudan's existing and emerging conflicts

CEWARN's new strategy framework: Implications for Sudan and South Sudan's existing and emerging conflicts

Author: 
Hassan, Rania
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2013
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Journal Title: 
African Security Review
Source: 
African Security Review, Vol. 22, Issue 2, June 2013, pp. 26-38
Abstract: 

A decade after establishing the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the member states endorsed the new strategy framework that is to guide the work of CEWARN until 2019. Although the original legal foundation upon which CEWARN was founded did not specify the types of conflicts that it could be involved in, CEWARN chose to limit itself to cross-border pastoral conflicts. This was partially due to the low levels of confidence between the member states, which prevented CEWARN from engaging in other types of conflicts that are considered to be more ‘political’ and thus more ‘sensitive’. The hope was that after asserting its own success in dealing with cross-border pastoral conflicts, CEWARN would be able to expand its geographical as well as thematic scope. Thus, the most pronounced aspect of the new strategy framework is the expansion of CEWARN operations beyond their current limited focus. Although it is too early to assess the new strategy framework, I attempt to provide a reading of the future of this strategy plan, with particular reference to Sudan and South Sudan. I argue that despite the rhetoric that accompanied the endorsement of the new strategy, the prospects of the new plan in Sudan and South Sudan depend on a number of factors: first, enhancing the mutual trust between Sudan and South Sudan with regard to exchange of information; second, changing Sudan's perceptions with regard to IGAD; and third, securing the much-needed funding for such an expansion of CEWARN's work.

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CITATION: Hassan, Rania. CEWARN's new strategy framework: Implications for Sudan and South Sudan's existing and emerging conflicts . : Taylor & Francis , 2013. African Security Review, Vol. 22, Issue 2, June 2013, pp. 26-38 - Available at: http://library.au.int/cewarns-new-strategy-framework-implications-sudan-and-south-sudans-existing-and-emerging-conflicts-4