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South Sudan: can Africa’s problem child grow into a valuable partner?

South Sudan's first year of life has been marred by political uncertainty, lawlessness and an oil dispute. Its east African neighbours are watching for opportunities but wary of investing. … Magdi El Gizouli, a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute, says South Sudan risks becoming a "fulcrum of insecurity" and a conduit for weapons because of a lack of government control. "It's a low-pressure area where rebels could enter and move in, arms could be transported and insurgents of all sorts and kinds, including terrorist groups, could set up bases," he says.

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