Douglas H. Johnson

Douglas H. Johnson is a specialist in the history of North East Africa. He has served as Assistant Director for Archives in the Southern Regional Government, a resource person during the IGAD-sponsored peace talks, and a member of the Abyei Boundary Commission. His works include Nuer Prophets: A History of Prophecy from the Upper Nile in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Oxford: OUP, 1994) and The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars (Oxford: James Currey, 2011).

Federalism in the history of South Sudanese political thought

In South Sudan there is no system of governance so popular—yet so little understood—as the federal system. Historically the demand for...MORE >

حينما تصير الحدود الادارية الداخلية حدوداً دوليّة

ركز النقاش الدائر حول السودَانيْن، الشمالي والجنوبي، على مسالة أين يمر خط الحدود بينهما. ويفحص التقرير الاول في سلسلة الحدود المتنازع...MORE >

A New History for a New Nation

RVI Fellow Douglas Johnson discussed the implications of South Sudan’s independence for the new nation’s history, historiography, and...MORE >

The Road Back from Abyei

Abyei has proved to be the hardest part of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to implement, harder, even, than the...MORE >

When Boundaries Become Borders

Discussion of the border between Sudan and South Sudan has focused on the question of where the boundary line is to be drawn. When...MORE >