What’s Next for Sudan’s Fragile Democratic Transition?

What’s Next for Sudan’s Fragile Democratic Transition?
People take part in a protest condemning a deadly crackdown last month in Khartoum, Sudan, July 18, 2019 (AP photo by Mahmoud Hjaj).

Earlier this month, Sudan’s ruling military council and the opposition pro-democracy movement reached agreement on the broad outlines of a power-sharing deal. The document lays out a three-year roadmap toward free elections and permanent civilian rule. But the two sides have yet to agree on key details, and the opposition is continuing to demand accountability for a bloody crackdown by the military in June that left more than 100 people dead. In a sign of the process’ shakiness, a planned negotiating round was canceled this week in response to the killing of five schoolchildren by security forces during a peaceful rally on Monday.

For an update on the situation in Sudan and an analysis of where the country’s political transition might lead, WPR’s associate editor, Elliot Waldman, spoke with Alex de Waal, a research professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy who has decades of experience working on humanitarian crises and peace and security issues in eastern Africa. He is also executive director of the World Peace Foundation.

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