Title
Deals and dealings : inconclusive peace and treacherous trade along the South Sudan-Uganda border Deals and dealings : inconclusive peace and treacherous trade along the South Sudan-Uganda border
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Hamburg ,
Subject
Politics
Economics
Source (journal)
Africa spectrum / Institut für Afrikakunde [Hamburg]; Institute of African Studies [Hamburg] - Hamburg, 1966, currens
Volume/pages
47(2012) :2-3 , p. 5-31
ISSN
0002-0397
1868-6869
ISI
000313225200002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Since Sudans Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed, its border with Uganda has become a hub of activity. Contrasting developments on the Ugandan side of the border with those on the South Sudanese side, the paper draws on empirical fieldwork to argue that the CPA has created new centres of power in the margins of both states. However, in day-today dealings on either side of the border, South Sudanese military actors have become dominant. In the particular case of Arua and the South Sudan Uganda border, past wartime authority structures determine access to opportunities in a tightly regulated, inconclusive peace. This means that smallscale Ugandan traders although vital to South Sudan have become more vulnerable to South Sudans assertions of state authority. The experience of Ugandan traders calls into question the broad consensus that trade across the border is always beneficial for peace-building. The paper concludes that trade is not unconditionally helpful to the establishment of a peaceful environment for everyone.
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