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Another oil crisis averted!  As Sudan retracts the threat to close its pipelines to oil from South Sudan (BBC, Reuters), it seems appropriate to repeat some words of a 2011 editorial I co-authored with Zach Vertin.  Not much has changed:

Moving beyond oil is a prerequisite for the future stability of both countries, and necessary to broaden prosperity outside of the narrow elite at the centre. The majority of people in both North and South depend on agriculture, and the industry has considerable potential for growth. But neglect of the sector in the North has left productivity languishing. Production of cotton in 2010, for example, was less than a third of the 2005 harvest, itself a fraction of the production records achieved in the early 1970s. Continue reading