I have covered South Sudan on an ongoing basis since its creation in July 2011, spending several months in the country across numerous trips reporting from Juba, Bentiu, Malakal and Wau.

I am an expert across all sectors, including politics and political risk, foreign policy, investment, economy and energy.

I have an excellent network in the country, having interviewed ministers, politicians, heads of state organisations and foreign companies, analysts, diplomats and NGOs.

I have contributed news, features and analysis on South Sudan for The Economist, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy magazine, The Banker and MEED, in addition to TV and radio reporting for the BBC, ITN, CNN, CNBC, France24, Deutsche Welle and Radio France International.

I am a regular contributor of high-value intelligence and analysis on South Sudan for several publications including African EnergyAfrica Confidential and the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).

I have provided consultancy services on politics, investment and the energy sector in South Sudan for leading businessesand political risk organisations.

I am author of a book on investment in South Sudan (published by MEED Insight, 2012, pp.126), providing detailed business intelligence on all sectors of the economy along with an analysis of government policy, regulation, political risk and the business environment.

I am author of an investigative research paper on arms transfer and logistics activities in South Sudan for Global Witness (2015).

I was most recently in South Sudan during the outbreak of conflict and the break-up of the government of national unity in July 2016.

South Sudan historical map (UN, October 2011)

South Sudan historical map (UN, October 2011)

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Richard Nield is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker covering the Middle East and Africa. In 10 years covering the region, he has been published and broadcast by clients including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine. He has reported from throughout the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.