Susan D. Page, professor of practice in international diplomacy, recounted South Sudan's journey to independence on the Deep Dish podcast from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
“On July 9th, it will be the 10th anniversary of south Sudan’s independence from Sudan and still, today, the world’s newest nation," Page said. “The situation changed in 2001. When the Twin Towers fell, the war on terrorism began and Sudan desperately wanted to get off the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. So there was an opportunity that really led to this rejuvenated peace process.”
Page helped laid the groundwork for South Sudan's independence referendum as a legal and political advisor and then served as the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan.