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CSO Completes Three-Part Engagement in South Sudan 

CSO played an active role in the world’s newest country, starting in March 2010, ten months before the referendum that led to South Sudan’s creation. We believe that some of the conflict-mitigation tools and resources that we used there can help our embassies in other countries facing conflicts. More»


In the lead-up to the Referendum on Self Determination, then-U.S. Consulate Juba’s reach in Southern Sudan was limited.

Deploy Stabilization Teams throughout Southern Sudan’s 10 states to engage with local populations and government officials.

The Stabilization Teams expanded then-Consulate Juba’s reach to areas of the country that had never previously had a U.S. government presence. The teams reported on conflict-related issues and sources of instability, providing valuable information to both the Consulate and to policymakers in Washington.

Date: 04/08/2011 Description: Members of the Council of Traditional Authority Leaders in Warrap State, Southern Sudan explain to Amb. Loftis, the Acting Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, how traditional justice works with the formal justice system to settle cases and promote rule of law. (DOS photo, 4/8/11)  - State Dept Image

Stories From the Field: Curbing Violence in Southern Sudan
October 14, 2011

In the westernmost corner of Lakes State, in southern Sudan, I paid a visit to the state Advisor for Peace and Security in the town of Cuiebet. It was October 2010, and Lakes, the birthplace of the region’s independence movement, would soon vote with the rest of southern Sudan to separate from the North in January’s referendum on self-determination...

Date: 05/18/2011 Description: Southern Sudan Stabilization Team members meet with local officials © State Dept Image by James Patton

In Southern Sudan, every aspect of life presents its people with opportunities to move forward together, building the foundation of a new nation. On my recent deployment here to support the U.S. Government’s work to ensure the region’s peaceful transition to an independent country, I learned that even the smallest everyday decisions people make have an impact on the future of Southern Sudan...

Date: 01/15/2011 Description: A polling staff member empties a ballot box at the end of a weeklong voting process, at a polling center in Um Durman, Sudan, Jan. 15, 2011. © AP Image

Stabilization Teams Support Referendum Process in Sudan
January 5, 2011

Men and women in surprising numbers have been walking hours or even days to register to vote in Southern Sudan's upcoming referendum on self-determination. Despite potential hurdles, voter registration proceeded mostly peacefully. The presence of Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Civilian Response Corps personnel at the U.S. Consulate General in Juba helped to make it happen...




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