On July 9th, South Sudan will become the newest country in the world, after its citizens voted for independence in January of this year. It will become the 193rd United Nations state on July 14 after UN approves its membership into the body. Up to 7,000 peacekeepers are expected to be deployed in the south.
If you would like more information about this fledgling country, please log into our CountryWatch database. You will see a “Quicklinks” option on the left-hand navigation menu. If you do not see Southern Sudan in this list — it has not been added yet — visit Sudan’s page and read the news stories for more information and viewpoints from across the world about this developing situation.