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Engendering Responses to Complex Emergencies: Lessons from South Sudan

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Journal Article

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National Defense University Fort Lesley J. McNair

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Like so many before it, the current crisis in South Sudan is a classic example of what humanitarians term a complex emergency-- a major humanitarian crisis that was not caused by a single natural disaster, but by a combination of political and ethnic conflict, social inequality, poverty, and many other interrelated factors. As such, those looking to end the emergency and pave the way for long-term peace in South Sudan have a range of dynamics to consider, from the causes of the conflict and the protection of civilians to addressing basic humanitarian needs and building a foundation for a stable society. Yet, whether they are delivering security assistance or food aid, national and international organizations frequently overlook another dynamic that runs through all of these areas the gender dynamic.

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  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Sociology and Law
  • Government and Political Science

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