SUDAN CRISIS: CHARTING A PATH FORWARD - After two months of fighting in Sudan, civilians remain caught in the middle of the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Targeting against non-combatants and a resurgence of violence in Darfur have caused great concern among the international community around the potential for ethnic cleansing. More than two million people have left their homes to escape the conflict, with approximately 530,000 fleeing to neighboring countries.
Regional leaders from Kenya, Djibouti, South Sudan, and Ethiopia seek to mediate between the SAF and RSF but talks remain on hold. With outside actors from the Middle East and beyond supporting, arming, and resupplying different sides, the potential for continued violence and a human rights disaster remains high.
Join us for a discussion that will explore the current trajectory of the conflict, with a particular focus on the humanitarian angle, as well as the options currently available to the international community to help restore peace.
The Africa Center has closely followed the evolving political climate in Sudan with the goal of acknowledging Sudan’s geo-strategic importance on the crossroads between the Arab and African worlds. In 2018, it created a Sudan taskforce, which has produced leading research and hosted public and private briefings on the situation in the country. Since the breakdown of the democratic transition in April, 2023, the Center has ensured Washington remains engaged on the issue by organizing a series of high-level events that bring together policy experts, stakeholders, and peace builders within the scene.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 6/26/23