“An important read…The still-unfolding tragedy of South Sudan is too little
understood and too little known, even among foreign policy experts. Zach Vertin is a rare exception.”
—JOHN KERRY, 68th U.S. Secretary of State

A Rope from the sky – The making and unmaking of the word’s newest state is a book about South Sudan and how the new nation was plunged into chaos, shattering the promise of liberation and exposing the hubris of their foreign backers.
A Rope from the Sky journeys inside an epic tale of paradise won and then lost.

The author, Zach Vertin, is a writer, foreign policy analyst, and former diplomat. He served at the State Department during the administration of President Obama, and was closely involved in the South Sudan peace process. He also served as a Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group in the Horn of Africa and an advisor on UN operations and multilateral affairs in New York.

Mr. Vertin is joined in conversation by Endre Stiansen, senior research and policy advisor at UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. They will be exploring the American perspective on South Sudan, as one of the three countries in the so-called “troika” for Sudan and South Sudan (joined by UK and Norway).

The event is free and open to all. The book will be for sale at Litteraturhuset after the event.