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A man ties a piece of cloth over a demonstrator’s face in Sudan.
A man ties a piece of cloth over a demonstrator’s face in Sudan.

Sudan’s Citizens Refuse to Give Up

One year after a military coup, activists continue to mobilize despite deadly crackdowns.

Demonstrators with Tigray flags and posters march on the National Mall.
Demonstrators with Tigray flags and posters march on the National Mall.

Team Biden Balks on Africa Sanctions

As U.S. President Joe Biden ramps up sanctions on Russia, suspected war criminals in Africa escape unscathed.

Children swim in the water near docked ships at Port Sudan.
Children swim in the water near docked ships at Port Sudan.

Russia’s Dreams of a Red Sea Naval Base Are Scuttled—for Now

U.S. intelligence believes Sudan has rebuffed Moscow’s hopes of establishing its first naval base in Africa.

People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.
People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.

War in Ukraine Is Worsening East Africa’s Food Crisis

Rising wheat, fuel, and fertilizer costs amid a historic drought could lead to mass hunger and instability throughout the Horn of Africa.

A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.
A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.

How the U.N. and the West Failed Sudan

Self-delusion and negligence stopped governments and aid agencies from facilitating a genuine and lasting transition to democracy.

David Satterfield speaks in Iraq.
David Satterfield speaks in Iraq.

U.S. Envoy for East Africa to Call It Quits

David Satterfield is expected to leave his post after just a few months on the job, leaving a big vacuum at a bad time.

Sudanese protesters gather in the busy Jabra district of southern Khartoum on Nov. 25, 2021.
Sudanese protesters gather in the busy Jabra district of southern Khartoum on Nov. 25, 2021.

Targeted Sanctions Can Help Restore Democracy in Sudan

Focusing on key military leaders and their networks can force the regime to change course.

Sudanese protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration calling for civilian rule and demanding justice for those killed in crackdowns in the capital of Khartoum on Jan. 24.
Sudanese protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration calling for civilian rule and demanding justice for those killed in crackdowns in the capital of Khartoum on Jan. 24.

America’s Silence on Sudan Is Deafening

Washington has sidelined the country’s long-term interests in favor of short-term gains.

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

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