Sudan and South Sudan : current issues for Congress and U.S. policy / Lauren Ploch Blanchard
- Blanchard, Lauren Ploch
- [Washington, District of Columbia] : Congressional Research Service, 
[Getzville, New York] : William S. Hein & Co., 
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (39 pages) : maps
- Additional Creators:
- Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
- Congress has played an active role in U.S. policy toward Sudan for more than three decades. Efforts to support an end to the country's myriad conflicts and human rights abuses have dominated the agenda, as have counterterrorism concerns. When unified (1956-2011), Sudan was Africa's largest nation, bordering nine countries and stretching from the northern borders of Kenya and Uganda to the southern borders of Egypt and Libya. Strategically located along the Nile River and the Red Sea, Sudan was historically described as a crossroads between the Arab world and Africa. Domestic and international efforts to unite its ethnically, racially, religiously, and culturally diverse population under a common national identity fell short, however. In 2011, after decades of civil war and a 6.5 year transitional period, Sudan split in two. Mistrust between the two Sudans -- Sudan and South Sudan -- lingers, and unresolved disputes and related security issues still threaten to pull the two countries back to war. This report examines the shared interests and outstanding disputes between the Sudans after separation, and gives an overview of political, economic, and humanitarian conditions in the two countries, with a focus on possible implications for U.S. policy and congressional engagement.
- Sudan—Politics and government—21st century
- South Sudan—Politics and government—21st century
- Sudan—Economic conditions—21st century
- South Sudan—Economic conditions—21st century
- Sudan—Foreign relations—South Sudan
- South Sudan—Foreign relations—Sudan
- United States—Foreign relations—Sudan
- Sudan—Foreign relations—United States
- United States—Foreign relations—South Sudan
- South Sudan—Foreign relations—United States
- "October 5, 2012."
"Prepared for members and committees of Congress."
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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