AN ASSESSMENT OF SELF DETERMINATION AS A STRATEGY FOR RESOLVING THE NATIONAL QUESTION SOUTH SUDAN


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page
Abstract
Table of Contents
Table of Abbreviation

CHAPTER ONE
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the Study
1.2       Statement of the Research Problem
1.3       Research Question
1.4       Purpose of the Study
1.5       Research propositions
1.6       Research Methodology
1.7       Significance of the Study
1.8       Scope and Limitations
1.9       Operational Definition of Terms and Concepts
1.10     Organization of Chapter

CHAPTER TWO
LITERATURE REVIEW AND THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
2.1       Introduction
2.2       The Issues and Problems of National Question in Africa
2.3       Self-Determination
2.4       Theoretical Framework

CHAPTER THREE
BACKGROUND: NATIONALISM AND CRISES OF NATIONHOOD IN SOUTH SUDAN
3.1       Introduction
3.2       Pre-Colonial Sudan
3.3       Sudan under Colonial Rule
3.4       Identity Formation
3.5       Politics in Independent Sudan
3.6       Civil Wars between North and South Sudan
3.7       Parties to the Crises in South Sudan

CHAPTER FOUR
SELF-DETERMINATION AND ITS IMPACT IN SOUTHERN SUDAN
4.1       Introduction
4.2       Independent South Sudan
4.3       The Comprehensive Peace Agreement
4.5       Challenges of Secession and Independence
4.6       Post-Referendum and Independent South Sudan
4.6       Conclusion

CHAPTER FIVE
SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1       Summary
5.2       Conclusion
5.3       Recommendations
            References



ABSTRACT

This research, “An Assessment of the Right to Self-Determination as a Strategy for Resolving the National Question in South Sudan” was undertaken with the view to finding why and how the people of Southern Sudan came to identify themselves as a nation, irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences. The study adopted a thematic approach to the study by basing the analysis on literary texts. The ideological theory of nationalism was adopted in order to provide a systematic explanation for nationalism in Africa. The theory argues that nationalism in Africa is an ideological construction of disgruntled elites who mobilize the masses to their cause. After winning the sympathy of the masses, the elites and intelligentsia will start by negotiating with the dominant political group. It was found that the right to self-determination provided the platform for the attainment of statehood by the South Sudan but has not provided a permanent solution to the crisis of nationhood in South Sudan. Therefore, it was recommended that African states and South Sudan in particular, should embrace democratic principles in governance. The states should incorporate all the various segments and strata of the populace into governance. The rule of law and justice should be made to be the guiding star of governance. Finally it was recommended that a level playing ground should be provided for all the people in various spheres of human endeavours.



CHAPTER ONE

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1.1        BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

A multiplicity of armed non-state groups is heavily present in Africa. These armed non-state groups range from armed bands, vigilantes, cultists groups, private security outfits, criminal bonds, community, ethnic, religious or regional armies, to militias and rebel groups. These groups have played critical role in violent conflicts that severely undermined human security and the state capacity to guarantee it. The activities of these armed non-state groups have been felt in the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Somalia, and Sudan among others. (Augustine and Wayfula, 2010:1-2).

The activities of these groups have adversely affected stability development and security of Africa. Although these groups existed in Africa in the pre-colonial, colonial and the immediate period that followed independence, there has been a resurgence since the 1990s, with groups being formed for dissent, resistance, civil defence and struggle for self-determination, political reforms and resources control in Sudan, DRC and Somalia with implication for human insecurity, massive internal displacement, disruption of livelihoods, violations of human rights, heightened criminality, loss of lives and humanitarian crisis (Ibid, 2010:2).

The activities of such armed non-state groups in Sudan are so devastating that the UN described it as the worst humanitarian and human......


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