Civil War Society: the Southern Sudan, 1955-2004

Apr 2005 – May 2011
This PHD project aims to provide a regional perspective on the history of civil conflict in the Sudan since independence. It makes use of rich empirical material from field work and unpublished sources to examine and elaborate existing theories on civil wars and the state. The analysis starts with two distinct conflicts: the first civil war in the southern Sudan (1955–72) and the second civil war in the southern Sudan (1983–2004). It traces interregional economic and political networks among elites and relates these to geographically disaggregated quantitative studies of conflicts and weak states. The overall perspective will be comparative and interdisciplinary (i.e. history, political science, economics and anthropology).

Endre Stiansen, PRIO
Helge Pharo, University of Oslo




Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2005) Guerrilla Government: Political Changes in the Southern Sudan during the 1990s. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

Conference Paper

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Making Civil War in the Southern Sudan, 1961-3Chicago, IL, 13–16 November.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Becoming a Rebel in the Southern Sudan, 1961-63Oslo, 29 September.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Democratisation in the Sudan and SPLM’s Second National ConventionForeign and Commonwealth Office, 3 July.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Democratication in the Sudan and Prospects for National Elections in 2009Oslo, 13 June.