IGAD launches Conflict Early Warning And Response Mechanism (CERWAN) book in South Sudan


IGAD CEWARN launched a book titled “Conflict Early Warning in the Horn: CEWARN’s Journey” in Juba on Tuesday, 29th March.

Among invited guests were IGAD Head of Mission to South Sudan, Dr Aleu Garang,  Head of Peace and Reconciliation Commission and national CEWERU of South Sudan, Chuol Luoth, IGAD Peace and Security Direcctor, Hon Siraj Fegessa, Chairperson of CTSAMVM, Lt Gen Asrat Denero, Interim Chairperson of R-JMEC, Maj Gen Gitua Tai, Head of the African Union Mission to South Sudan, Ambassador prof. Joram M. Biswaro, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais among other dignitaries.

The forum discussed the Future of conflict early warning and conflict prevention in South Sudan. There was also a review of the CERWARN’s book.

The book is a comprehensive and creative collection of perspectives of inception and evolution of the CERWARN’S conflict early warning mechanisms for over two decades, since its inception in 2002. It covers the mechanisms experiences, methodological development, accomplishments and challenges in conflict prevention and mitigation especially pertaining to its first phase of operations across border pastoral conflict. It also includes some reflections on CEWARN’S expanded operations and its future prospects.

Broadly, the book covers, experiences in pastoral conflict and five sectors of Environment, Economy, Governance, Social and Security.

During his remarks at the launch, the Chairperson of CTSAMVM said that IGAD has designed the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN), as an institutional foundation for addressing conflicts in the region. He further added that CTSAMVM operates across the whole of South Sudan using its monitors at the Nine Monitoring and Verification Team sites and that cattle raiding is the most frequent issue its monitors encounter in their AOR.   “Because of the scope of our mandate, our first step is to critically investigate to identify whether the raiding is theft or an ethnic clash, or something that involves a Party-Signatory to the Peace Agreement.”

The book targets a broad audience that included policy makers and diplomas in the Horn of Africa and abroad, informed citizens interested in peace and security issues in the region, peace workers, conflict analysts and early warning experts and the project’s development partners.