Briefing Paper

Abyei: From a Shared Past to a Contested Future

“The Sudanese region of Abyei currently sits at the centre of a conflict between the north and south of what was Africa‚Äôs largest state.While analysts have described the situation in Abyei as ‘an intractable conflict’, this policy brief examines the current impasse, its historical context and the options available for breaking the deadlock and forestalling further conflict.”