The comprehensive Peace Agreement between the government of the Republic of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army, ended Africa’s longest running civil war and enabled the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan to initiate a process of state formation and political order in Southern Sudan. This thesis aims to understand how sovereignty was crafted in Southern Sudan, by investigating the emergence of the Government of Southern Sudan. It is assumed that this development relies on some fundamental practices of statecraft, namely: the provision of security, administration of justice, revenue capture and political processes and institutions. These four dimensions are the basis for the analysis of how sovereignty is crafted in Southern Sudan.
It argues that some aspects of traditional theories on the state and sovereignty can be transferred to this context. However, these theories lack some aspects that makes implementation of practices of statecraft unfulfilled in South Sudan.
My findings shows that there has been progress in all the four dimensions, yet there is a gap between established institutions and implementation of policy. Nevertheless, the Republic of South Sudan was proclaimed 9 July 2011.