New article for The Broker reflects on the challenges of governing ethnically diverse societies, looking at current events in South Sudan.
The fresh eruption of violence in South Sudan illustrates once more the ethnic dividing lines within the countries’ government. In ethnically diverse societies, the division of power and wealth between different groups is a source of conflict, which can sometime turn violent, particularly during periods of turbulent transition. Theories on power-sharing, referred to as consociationalism, have helped to promote governmental stability and democracy but have not always achieved the desired results.This has also been the case in South Sudan, which gained independence two years ago and is trying to develop as a post-conflict state. What lessons can be learned to maintain stability in South Sudan?