Synopses & Reviews
The newly created state of South Sudan, declared by the United Nations as recently as 2011, has yet to be extensively written about by the international commentariat.
Lam Akol, a scholar of international repute in the field, as well as a politician with close knowledge of the workings of government (he was former foreign minister and is now leader of the opposition), presents a history South Sudan that is uniquely authoritative and thorough. The book carries a foreword by Alan Goulty, who oversaw the secession discussions leading up the declaration of this, the world's newest country.
This book is essential reading for anyone involved in Africa and international development.
South Sudan was declared a state just last year. This is the only modern history of the world's newest nation.
About the Author
Dr. Lam Akol, born 15 July 1950 in Athidhwoi, Upper Nile, is a South Sudanese politician of Shuluk descent. He is the current leader of SPLM for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), which he founded 6 June 2009. He is a former high-ranking official in the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), and subsequently became the minister of foreign affairs for the Republic of Sudan from September 2005 to October 2007, when the Khartoum government offered the SPLA several other key ministries as part of a peace agreement.
Dr. Akol started his career as a lecturer in chemical engineering at the University of Khartoum, with a PhD from the University of London.
Alan Goulty retired in 2008 after 40 years service in the British Diplomatic Service, including postings as Ambassador to Tunisia (2004-8) and Sudan (1995-9), and as the UK Special Representative for Sudan (2002-4) and Darfur (2005-6), when he led the UK team in the Naivasha and Abuja peace talks. He was Director (Assistant Secretary-equivalent) for the Middle East and North Africa in the FCO from 2000-2002 and has also served in Cairo, Washington, Khartoum and Beirut. He was a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard from 1999-2000.
BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 1968 and MA in 1971.BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 1968 and MA in 1971.