African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403


Secession and border disputes in Africa: The case of Sudan and South Sudan border

Abubakar Mohammed
  • Abubakar Mohammed
  • Zamfara State Executive Council Secretariat, Zamfara, Nigeria.
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Yahaya T. Baba
  • Yahaya T. Baba
  • Department of Political Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 21 March 2019
  •  Accepted: 03 February 2020
  •  Published: 31 October 2021


Conflicts in Africa are increasingly becoming violent and endemic. Many of these conflicts are related to crises of identities, struggles for resources and power contestations. A few of these conflicts escalate to self-determination, separatist movements, and secession. These conflicts mostly transcend national borders and trigger the alteration and redesigning of national borders, which itself becomes a source of continued violent conflicts across borders. For instance, the attainment of independence by South-Sudan in 2013 has raised hope in achieving peace and stability after one of the prolonged civil wars in Africa. Nevertheless, the new state of South Sudan has turned to a devil’s domain. The internal conflicts in South Sudan have further aggravated the tensions in the region; in addition to the border disputes with Sudan. After the three years of political independence from Sudan, there is still no agreement over the 2,010-km border that divides the two nations. This paper thus examines the nature of border disputes between Sudan and South Sudan and the extent to which the border conflict influences the dynamics of internal conflicts in South Sudan and the implications for peace and stability in the region.


Key words: Independence, border, conflict, violence.