Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan Please submit all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0) 2 536 00 71 Crisis Group Role Alan Boswell is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for South Sudan. He joined Crisis Group in this role in October 2018. Professional Background Alan is a leading expert on the conflict in South Sudan. His analysis appears regularly in the media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Associated Press, and Reuters. He first covered South Sudan's run-up to independence as a journalist in Juba before serving as the Africa correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers and a regular correspondent to Time. Following the outbreak of South Sudan's civil war, Alan served as a formal advisor and researcher to a number of organisations, including the UN, USAID, US Institute of Peace, European Institute of Peace, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Friedrich Egbert Stiftung, and the World Peace Foundation. Alan regularly researched the South Sudan conflict and its armed groups for the Small Arms Survey institute in Geneva and has presented his research at London’s Chatham House. Alan is an associate of the three-year Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics. Select Publications "South Sudan: The Politics of Delay", London School of Economics, December 2019 (Co-author) "Do local peace deals work? Evidence from South Sudan’s civil war", Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Dec 2019 "The Security Arena in South Sudan, London School of Economics", December 2019 (Lead author) "Insecure Power and Violence: The Rise and Fall of Paul Malong and the Mathiang Anyoor", Small Arms Survey, Oct 2019 "South Sudan: The Perils of Payroll Peace", London School of Economics, March 2019 (Lead author) “Spreading Fallout, Small Arms Survey”, May 2017 “Conflict in Western Equatoria”, Small Arms Survey, July 2016 In The News 13 Aug 2020 Disarmament in South Sudan resembles an abusive counterinsurgency operation, not an orderly collection of arms, which the local militias often resist giving up. The New York Times Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan 8 May 2020 The disagreement between Kiir and Machar has endangered the gains made toward a lasting peace. Reuters Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan 20 Feb 2020 "[South Sudan president Kiir and former rebel leader Machar] still have much to work through, but Machar was unlikely to extract more significant concessions before forming the government. Reuters Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan 16 Feb 2020 [In South Sudan] the dispute over the configuration of states became a major impasse blocking the peace process from moving towards a unity government. Al Jazeera Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan 13 Jan 2020 The U.S. has gone from South Sudan’s chief backer to its main naysayer. Wall Street Journal Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan 17 Dec 2019 The intensity of the violence shows just how great South Sudan’s challenges remain even in a best-case scenario of the national peace process solidifying. Bloomberg Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan Latest Updates Op-Ed / Africa 2 March 2021 Why the World’s Newest Country Has Only Known Conflict Few nations have seen their dreams and hopes dashed as quickly and ruthlessly as South Sudan. As the country approaches its 10-year anniversary, the risk of a return to full-blown conflict is never far away. Originally published in World Politics Review Podcast / Africa 23 February 2021 The Horn: Risks of Starvation Rise in Ethiopia's Tigray War This week on The Horn, renowned scholar Alex de Waal joins Alan Boswell for a grim assessment of the humanitarian situation developing in Ethiopia’s conflict-embroiled Tigray region. He fears it will tip into famine if the international community fails to act now. Podcast / Africa 9 February 2021 The Horn: Uganda After Its Troubling Elections This week on The Horn, Africa editor at Nation Media Group Daniel Kalinaki joins Alan Boswell for a deep dive into what Uganda’s latest elections revealed about President Museveni’s hold on power and the likelihood of future instability. Commentary / Africa 14 December 2018 South Sudan: Peace on Paper 15 December 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of South Sudan's civil war. To ensure that September’s peace agreement does not meet the fate of previous failed attempts at peace, a broader political settlement that shares power across the country’s groups and regions is needed.