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Jean-Baptiste Gallopin


Sudan: Slippery Slope

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After three months of conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Southern Kordofan, the Sudanese authorities on 23 August declared a temporary ceasefire. This was despite the failure two days earlier of another round of peace talks between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army – North (SPLM/A-N)1 and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). Given the deep mistrust between the parties and the rampant militarization of the area, the fighting could well resume over the coming ...

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Jean-Baptiste Gallopin


Jean-Baptiste Gallopin is an Analyst at Control Risks, a London-based political risk consultancy. He holds a Bachelor's equivalent in Government from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lyon and a M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. He contributed news to the Christian Science Monitor, and op-eds / analysis to Libération and Le Figaro, as well as to the Royal African Society's African Arguments website. He provides regular commentary for the international media, including Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The National. His current work focuses on the contemporary politics of Sudan and the Maghreb. He can be reached at