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Jeffrey Gettleman on the prospects for peace and stability in East Africa

Southern Sudan is just weeks away from officially declaring its independence from the north. They’ve been waiting for the day since they voted for independence in January.

If only it were that simple. Last weekend, northern Sudan sent armed forces into Abyei, a town in an oil-producing region that both northern and southern Sudan claim. Thousands have since fled their homes in a fight that could derail plans for peace and stability. And when you talk about “stability,” you have to be flexible about your definition of the word.

The New York Times’ East Africa Bureau Chief Jeffrey Gettleman does just that. This week, he talks to Alison Stewart about the 2008 Kenyan election, the cost of security in Rwanda, democracy in Uganda, how Africans view Moammar Gadhafi and the chances for a successful transition of power in Africa’s newest country, South Sudan.