The governments of Sudan and South Sudan have recently reached an agreement for shipping South Sudanese oil to international markets through Sudanese pipelines. Although this agreement has already been negotiated, continued instability in South Sudan would benefit Omar al-Bashir's regime by halting the South Sudanese's plans to build an oil pipeline through Ethiopia.
Current Pipeline through Sudan
al-Bashir at a Military Demonstration
If any lasting change is going to be made in these upcoming negotiations, the South Sudanese government will have to recognize the essential role that the pipeline plays in Sudanese politics and address the al-Bashir regime directly about its role. In the meantime, the South Sudanese government should strive to grow their domestic civil industry in order to help prevent them from falling into the same resource trap from oil that the al-Bashir regime currently finds itself (Ross; 2011).
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Ross, Michael L. "Will Oil Drown the Arab Spring? Democracy and the Resource Curse." Council on Foreign Affairs 90.5 (2011): n. pag. Print.