President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced in December 2016 a national dialogue program that supposedly enables the citizens to collectively debate the future of their distraught country. The debate includes how to resolve the conflict, respond to a growing humanitarian crisis, and address the enduring ills of governance in the country. This announcement quickly triggered a range of reactions. In this dialogue brief, the Sudd Institute examines these reactions, as presented in various forms and settings. The brief discusses what the dialogue should be and why it deserves support.