The historic CPA referendum vote is only the beginning. Assuming the vote results in separation, what follows is a six month transition period. The United States will continue to have a major impact on whether that period yields progress on difficult outstanding issues.
"The plan is absolutely to stay engaged," Gayle Smith, a Sudan specialist on President Barack Obama's National Security Council, told an audience Thursday. "There is no expectation that we're going to dial (our involvement in Sudan) back," she added, noting that Washington is also committed to mobilise support from other key players. Read the full article here.