Shaping the Future: Prospects for Economic and Political Cooperation between South Sudan and the Sudan seeks to provide tools to structure options for political and economic interactions between South Sudan and Sudan according to how they contribute to peace and conflict prevention. In this way, the Briefing Paper is designed to inform the debate about future economic and political interactions between the two States. It is part of an initiative by Conflict Dynamics to support the people of the Sudan and South Sudan in building a peaceful and effective long-term relationship. The initiative aims to assist the two countries in developing a shared vision of what such a relationship might look like. This shared vision could help evolve a new framework for interaction between the two States.