A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce
On October 23rd, the NYU Center on International Cooperation hosted a launch of A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce with author James Copnall. A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts is the first book focusing entirely on Sudan and South Sudan after the 2011 separation. As a reporter traveling between the two countries, James Copnall benefitted from unsurpassed access to the politicians, rebels, thinkers and events that are shaping the Sudans. The book draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries and 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.