Foreign Policy published an analysis on 22 January 2014 titled "With Negotiators Like These . . . Peace Talks Won't Solve the Crisis in South Sudan. Africa-Style Justice Will" by George B.N. Ayittey.
Ayittey argues that western-style face-to-face peace talks will not solve the crisis in South Sudan. What is needed is the use of indigenous conflict resolution mechanisms that rely on the role of civil society and local authorities and traditions. He may have a point.