International Crisis Group
Excellent articles and analysis about Sudan, as well as a rich archive of articles going back several years.
Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement beyond the Crisis
This piece from the International Crisis Group is an excellent background on the Comprehensive Peace Agreements, the challenges faced during implementation, and the dynamics between the international community and various Sudanese groups.
This well-regarded NGO provides updates on the humanitarian situation in Sudan, as well as more in-depth reporting on the political angle. There are also advocacy resources for those who wish to become involved in advocacy.
Sudan: The 30 Day Countdown
This report looks at the final days leading up to the referendum.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Africa Program at CSIS has helpful resources on many issues in Africa, and also on Sudan's Referendum.
By Deborah Scroggins
This book tells the true story of a young humanitarian worker who went to Southern Sudan in the middle of a refugee crisis and a war. She caused a stir by marrying a local guerilla leader, Riek Machar, who is now vice-president of the Government of Southern Sudan. This work clearly reveals the ambiguity of the international presence in Sudan, and demonstrates how good intentions can at times result in disastrous outcomes, as when international aid groups in fostering and fueling conditions that spur violence.
What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
By Dave Eggers
Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of this engrossing epic, was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war-the bloodbath before the current Darfur bloodbath-of the 1980s and 90s. In this fictionalized memoir, Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) makes him an icon of globalization. Separated from his family when Arab militia destroy his village, Valentino joins thousands of other "Lost Boys," beset by starvation, thirst and man-eating lions on their march to squalid refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, where Valentino pieces together a new life. He eventually reaches America, but finds his quest for safety, community and fulfillment in many ways even more difficult there than in the camps: he recalls, for instance, being robbed, beaten and held captive in his Atlanta apartment. Eggers's limpid prose gives Valentino an unaffected, compelling voice and makes his narrative by turns harrowing, funny, bleak and lyrical. The result is a horrific account of the Sudanese tragedy, but also an emblematic saga of modernity-of the search for home and self in a world of unending upheaval. Publishers Weekly
War of Visions
By Francis Deng
This work provides a thorough overview of the conflict, and describes the many factors that continue to be at stake. A challenging read, but worth it for those who seek to better understand the historical context of Sudan and the tribal, religious, and regional dynamics at play.