JUL
27
2023
11:00 am
 ET
JUL
27
2023
11:00 am
 ET
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Sudan in Conflict: The Impact of Failed International Policy and the Way Forward


Sudan’s warring generals have subjected the country to a brutal conflict for nearly three months with no end in sight. That the most recently announced ceasefire on Tuesday, June 27 for Eid al-Adha collapsed in a matter of hours came as no surprise, as none of the 16 previous ceasefires brokered by the United States and Saudi Arabia have held for long and both General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti,” remain firmly convinced of their ability to secure a military victory. Local actors on ground have been providing assistance to citizens caught in the crossfire, but with precious few resources. Various international actors have confessed that they were wrong for not working more closely with the resistance committees and supporting their demands in the years leading up to the conflict. Yet, there has still been no change of policy. Furthermore, the international community has still not fully mobilized its leverage and mechanisms to hold the warring generals to account, end the conflict, and facilitate humanitarian assistance to the Sudanese people.

On Thursday, July 27, 2023, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) hosted a virtual panel discussion on Sudan’s ongoing conflict, the role of the international community, and how global actors can change the course of action on ground and help the Sudanese people realize their aspirations for a peaceful and democratic country. In a conversation moderated by Magdi Amin, panelists Reem Abbas, Hamid Khalafallah, Awadallah Hussein, and Muzna Al-Haj explored questions such as: What has international engagement looked like around the recent violence in Sudan? What lessons can be learned for more productive future efforts to support Sudan’s people? What is the status of Sudan’s resistance committees and larger pro-democracy movement amid the crisis? How can all actors responsible for war crimes and violence against civilians be held to account?

Watch the recording here:

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