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South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar speaks to the media about the situation in South Sudan, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aug. 31, 2015 (AP photo by Mulugeta Ayene).

Can South Sudan’s Leaders Get Peace Right the Second Time?

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

When South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, inked a new agreement in late August to end his country’s 20-month conflict, he seemed to be following a pattern the two warring sides had set in reaching or recommitting to an earlier deal to cease hostilities: Temporarily stave off international and regional pressure by signing, then allow it to collapse under the weight of continued fighting. True to form, clashes have continued into September, with each side accusing the other of attacks.

So far, however, neither camp has yet declared the latest deal a failure. And the leaders, though critical of some elements of the agreement, are still following through on their obligations, signaling that this time might be different. ...

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