The 2011 split of Sudan into two nations - and the conflicts that have continued in its wake - has made it a case of ongoing significance for understanding security and state-building in sub-Saharan Africa. Examining both the north-south divide in the two Sudans as well as the spread of political violence from Darfur, this timely study has two aims: First, it shows how slavery and the legacies of colonialism continue to shape the challenges of state formation and political identity. Secondly, it charts out a possible path for overcoming historical obstacles to achieve inclusive citizenship and representative democracy.
About the Author
Amir Idris is Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Fordham University, USA. He is also the author of Sudan's Civil War (2001) and Conflict and Politics of Identity in Sudan (2005).