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Volker Perthes, U.N. special representative for Sudan, addresses the media in Khartoum, Sudan, on Jan. 10.

Sudan’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Demonstrators find themselves at odds with key U.N. and U.S. mediators.

A young South Sudanese soldier stands guard during a military parade at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.

The Lost Boys Weren’t Lost. They Were Stolen.

A new book details how South Sudan’s founders forcibly conscripted tens of thousands of children.

Sudan protests

Why Won’t Biden Support Sudan’s Democracy Movement?

The prime minister’s resignation amid ongoing protests mean Washington’s policies need a fresh start.

Sudanese protesters flash victory signs and lift national flags as they demonstrate in Khartoum, Sudan, on Oct. 25, 2021.

To Safeguard Sudan’s Democratic Transition, Act Now

Abdalla Hamdok’s resignation has sparked a constitutional crisis. Only international support can keep the country’s democratization on track.

Internally displaced Sudanese hold a banner as they stage a sit-in to protest against the end of the mandate of the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, in Nyala, South Darfur, on Dec. 31, 2020.

How to Stop Darfur’s Descent Into Darkness

The military authorities need to be pushed to protect their own citizens from a staggering rise in violence.

Sudanese protesters block roads and burn tires.

The Battle for Khartoum Exposes Waning U.S. Influence

If any outside power could help Sudan chart a path to democracy, it should have been the United States.

David Beasley, Abdalla Hamdok, and Abdelaziz al-Hilu attend a World Food Program visit.

The World Food Program’s Freelance Diplomacy

David Beasley’s unsanctioned mediation efforts in Khartoum rankle U.S. and U.N. diplomats.

Sudanese youths protest in the streets of the capital Khartoum on Nov. 4.

In Ethiopia and Sudan, U.S. Policy Needs Less Talk and More Teeth

The Biden administration’s tough rhetoric is not enough to avoid a disastrous outcome in the Horn of Africa.

Sudan's top army general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan holds a press conference at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum on October 26, 2021.

It’s Not Too Late to Defeat the Coup in Sudan

The United States and its allies need to do more than talk about democracy; they must act to defend it.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan holds a press conference.

Sudan’s Coup Is a Gamble That Nobody Will Care

The Sudanese military seized power expecting not to face resistance at home or abroad. That’s wishful thinking.

Top Sudanese Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan speaks at a press conference.

Sudanese General Blew Off Final U.S. Effort to Avert Power Grab

Military junta faces widespread international backlash for upending Sudan’s shaky democratic transition.

A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters holds a placard during a march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority offices in Pretoria, South Africa, demanding that vaccines from Russia and China be supplied to South Africans, on June 25.

Africa’s Disappointed Demographic

Young people across the continent have been hit hard by the pandemic, lockdowns, and economic stagnation—but their protests have largely been ignored by elderly elites.

Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir stands inside the defendant’s cage during his trial over the 1989 military coup that brought him to power at a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sept. 22, 2020.

Will Sudan Send Bashir to The Hague?

Allowing the International Criminal Court to prosecute a former leader for war crimes could be a pivotal moment in the transition to democracy.

Sudan’s prime minister and Sovereign Council chief attend an economic conference.

Top Counterterrorism Envoy Could Be First U.S. Ambassador to Sudan in Decades

Experts said Washington needs an envoy to help shepherd Sudan’s tenuous transition to democracy.

Salva Kiir, then-acting president of the government of Southern Sudan

Succession in South Sudan

America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Rwandan President Paul Kagame to an international conference on Sudan in Paris on May 17.

Macron Goes to Africa

The French president is seeking to project influence, build new alliances, repair old rifts, and defuse the immigration issue at home.

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