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Understanding South Sudan Today

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum hosted a talk by Peter Biar Ajak on Understanding South Sudan Today. Drawing on his PhD research, his talk examined the history of the SPLM/A to explain the situation in South Sudan today.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, Peter is a Co-Director for the International Growth Centre in South Sudan and Founder of the Juba- based Center for Strategic Analyses and Research. He was previously an economist with the World Bank, and was formerly a Coordinator of Policy and Strategy in the Office of the Minister of National Security in the Office of the President. Peter is also the CEO of South Sudan Wrestling Entertainment, a non-profit organisation that supports the indigenous form of the sport of wrestling to promote peace among South Sudan’s peoples.


Peter Biar Ajak
Cambridge University

Priscilla Nyagoah 
Amnesty International


Philip Winter
Rift Valley Institute 

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