war and genocide in south sudan (cornell university press, Feb 2021)

Thanks to generous funding from TOME, the ebook editions of this book are available for FREE as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open ( and other repositories such as Amazon.

Rebel Economies. Warlords, Insurgents, Humanitarians

(Rowman & Littlefield, June 2021)

Edited by Nicola Di Cosmo; Didier Fassin and Clémence Pinaud – Contributions by Jonathan Benthall; William Caferro; Gilles Carbonnier; Nicola Di Cosmo; Christopher Cramer; Didier Fassin; Philippe Le Billon; Zachariah Mampilly; Edward McCord and Clémence Pinaud


“Genocidal Rape in South Sudan: Organization, Function and Effects”, in Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 42 (3), August 2020, pp. 667-694
“Military Kinship, Inc.: Patronage, inter-ethnic marriages and social classes in South Sudan”, in Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 43, June 2016, pp. 243-259
“We are trained to be married!” Elite formation and ideology in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s “Girls’ battalion” Ketiba Banat”, in Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 9 (3), October 2015, pp. 375-393
“South Sudan: Civil War, Predation and the Making of a Military Aristocracy”, in African Affairs, 113 (451), April 2014, pp. 192–211
 “Are “Griefs of More Value Than Triumphs”? Power Relations, Nation-Building and the Different Histories of Women’s Wartime Contributions in Post-War South Sudan”, in Journal of Northeast African Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, February 2013, pp. 151-176

PEER-REVIEWED chapters in edited volumes

“Genocides in the Sudans”, in The Cambridge World History of Genocide (vol. 3), eds Wendy Lower, Ben Kiernan, Norman Naimark, and Scott Straus. Forthcoming 2021 with Cambridge University Press
“War Economy and Social Class Formation in South Sudan”, in Rebel Economies: Warlords, Insurgents, Humanitarians, eds. Nicola Di Cosmo, Didier Fassin and Clémence Pinaud. June 2021, Rowman and Littlefield


“Washington and the Inconvenient Genocide in South Sudan”, Democracy In Africa, 11 March 2021,
« Un processus d’accaparement des terres et de remplacement démographique est en cours au Soudan du Sud », Le Monde, 28 February 2021,
“Patterns of Genocidal Rape in South Sudan, Democracy in Africa,
“Who’s behind South Sudan’s return to fighting, if it isn’t Kiir or Machar?”, Huffington Post/ The Conversation, 15 July 2016,

“Who’s behind South Sudan’s return to fighting?”, African Arguments, 11 July 2016,
“Conflict and Extremist-Related Sexual Violence: An International Security Threat”, United States Institute of Peace Brief, with Kerry Crawford, Nicole Gerring, Sabrina Karim, Chloé Lewis, and Caroline Sarkis, July 2015,
“The War in South Sudan: Briefing Note”, Observatoire des Enjeux Politiques et Sécuritaires dans la Corne de l’Afrique, Laboratoire des Afriques dans le Monde, Sciences Po Bordeaux, March 2015,,

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