In the eye of the storm: An analysis of internal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State

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The Feinstein International Center is pleased to announce a new working paper with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium:

In the eye of the storm: An analysis of internal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State

By Rachel Gordon

image002The violent political crisis that has engulfed South Sudan since mid-December 2013 has awakened the world to the fundamental lack of stability in the world’s newest country. Unfortunately, the situation is neither new nor specific to the political contestations that have so suddenly turned violent across the nation in recent months. This working paper was written prior to the political crisis and subsequent outbreak of violence; its aim is to shed light on the conflict dynamics of one of the country’s poorest and least-analyzed states – Jonglei – through the post-Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and independence period, leading up to the present crisis.

The Feinstein International Center is part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), a six-year program funded by the UK Department for International Development and Irish Aid. SLRC research focuses on livelihoods, access to basic services, and social protection in seven fragile and conflict-affected states: South Sudan, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Feinstein Center is leading the SLRC work in South Sudan and Uganda. To read the Working Paper, please click here.

Welcome Bapu Vaitla FIC Visiting Fellow

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We are pleased to inform you that Bapu Vaitla has been appointed a “Visiting Fellow” at the Feinstein International Center.

Bapu Vaitla is a food security researcher focused on the causes of child undernutrition. His work is split into three major areas: 1) household-level determinants of rural undernutrition and food insecurity; 2) the political economy of child nutrition, especially of agriculture and social protection policy; and 3) theoretical modeling of cooperation in intra-household and community network contexts. He has experience in econometric modeling, household survey design and analysis, and participatory qualitative research methods. He has in-depth country-specific knowledge of Brazil, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013-14; India, where he conducted research as a David L. Boren Fellow on federal and state-level nutritional and food security policies; and Ethiopia, where as a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow he analyzed productive safety nets and foreign assistance programs. Bapu has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California-Davis.

Bapu has worked with Dan Maxwell on several projects and will continue collaborating with Dan on future proposals. Please join in welcoming Bapu to the Center and feel free to contact him

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