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Founded to be daring and different, the University continues to challenge convention and conduct pioneering research which informs policy and changes lives. Placed in the top 20 UK universities for research quality, and consistently top for politics, we are an international community for original thinkers.

In 2013 we were awarded the only Regius Professorship for political science by HM The Queen. Research informs our teaching, providing a transformational living and learning experience which equips our students with the skills, knowledge and curiosity to build successful careers and lead fulfilling lives With more than 12,000 students from 130 countries, Essex graduates develop a genuine world view.

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Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces on patrol following deadly fighting close to Malakal in October 16, 2016. Reuters/Jok Solomon

Lessons from The Gambia to end the impasse in South Sudan

There’s still hope South Sudan can avoid becoming a full failed state. This will require radical changes in Juba's mindset and bolder action from regional and international players.
Graves of unidentified people killed during fighting in Juba, South Sudan, in 2016. There are fears the country could descend into genocide. Reuters/Adriane Ohanesian

South Sudan: why the international community needs to act urgently

The world needs to take urgent steps to stop the threat of mass massacres in South Sudan with tough measures that must include direct legal and financial sanctions against the main protagonists.
Women flee into the United Nations civilian protection site in Juba. The capacity of UN peacekeepers to shield civilians is now in doubt. Adriane Ohanesian/Reuters

The failure of forced peace: South Sudan’s apprehensive future

If fighting continues and controversial policies are not reversed, it's only a matter of time before full scale fighting breaks out again in South Sudan.

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