Contra George Clooney et al, Larison is pessimistic:

[South Sudan] will have all of the problems of a failed state and petro-state and few advantages. ... The default U.S. policy towards all of this seems to be full backing for a ramshackle South Sudan, but it is far from clear that this aids regional stability or peace, to say nothing of whether it is an appropriate use of U.S. resources.

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