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Conflict Drivers between the Lou Nuer and Murle of South Sudan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes the major conflict drivers behind an inter-ethnic conflict in South Sudan between the Murle and Lou Nuer people groups in 2011 and 2012. It will begin with the historical context of the current conflict. Myriad theories exist as to the causes of conflict, but there is no defined method to analyze each and every context. The second step of this paper will be to examine three different theoretical frameworks- political, economic and social. Conflicts are driven by multiple causes, and in this case various types of causes as well. Different perspectives on the reasons behind conflict must be analyzed, and in particular how they interact and influence each other. The final task will be to consider the significance of various political, economic and social conflict drivers in the particular context of the Lou Nuer and Murle of Jonglei State, South Sudan.

The research was carried out over a period of eight months in South Sudan and during the time period both sides continued to carry out major attacks. It is recognized that studying an ongoing conflict is ambitious as conflicts are not static and continually change. However, multiple approaches are being attempted to end the fighting between the Murle and Lou Nuer while not fully understanding all the causes behind the conflict. This paper intends to expand humanitarian comprehension on the topic and encourage parties involved in the peace process to implement programs that counteract the conflict drivers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 88 p.
Keyword [en]
conflict drivers, South Sudan, Jonglei, Murle, Lou Nuer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197886DiVA: diva2:614687
Subject / course
International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-04-23 Created: 2013-04-05 Last updated: 2013-04-23Bibliographically approved

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