Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)
Topic: South Sudan Civil War
South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has been ravaged by a civil war and an ensuing humanitarian crisis. The violence has boiled, becoming a full blown civil war, with both sides exploiting ethnic tensions to mobilize support for their respective factions. As a result, widespread ethnic cleansing became an issue leading to one of the most urgent humanitarian crises internationally. The situation in South Sudan is quickly rivaling Syria’s war as the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis and if the war continues on its current course, half the country will have either fled or died of starvation. The ultimate goal of this committee is that of a sustainable, lasting peace. This requires understanding the factors that have arguably led the South Sudanese state to fail, addressing those factors, and forging recommendations towards a political solution.