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Book Reading and Discussion: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts
with Author James Copnall

Date: Wednesday, 22 October 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Dining Room
Lowenstein Building | Fordham University Lincoln Center
113 W. 60th Street | New York, New York 10023

Join the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) as we continue our discussion about South Sudan with author James Copnall, as he leads us through his recent book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts.

Book description: Why did the world's newest country, South Sudan, sink into a devastating civil war less than three years after independence? How did the secession of its southern region affect the 'rump state,' Sudan? In the years after the split, the two Sudans dealt with crippling economic challenges, struggled with new and old rebellions, and fought each other along their disputed border. A former BBC correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan, Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. The critically acclaimed, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts,, argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation. It also diagnoses the political failings that threaten the future of both countries, and scrutinizes the international responses to the crises in the two Sudans. The author puts the turmoil of the years after separation into a broader context, reflecting the voices, hopes and experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese from all walks of life.

Follow the event and conversation! #IIHASouthSudan

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For more information, please contact Kasia Laskowski at 212-636-6294 or

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
33 West 60th St., Suite 804 New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 636 6294 Fax: 212 636 7060 Email:

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