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Why did peace in Sudan fail? 

The role of international actors in the unravelling of the transition

Since the revolution in Sudan in April 2019,  the international community has been involved in numerous rounds of peace agreements and transitional frameworks. However, all of these agreements have been violated and eventually collapsed. 

On 21 June 2023, the Rift Valley Forum will host a roundtable discussion to explore the role of the international community in Sudanese politics since 2019, particularly the peace initiatives designed or substantially influenced by Western countries. 

The roundtable, which is part of the UK government’s XCEPT (Cross-border Conflict Evidence Policy and Trends) programme, will bring together a panel of experts to explore the limitations of past agreements and how they fit into a longer history of disappointing peace agreements in Sudan and South Sudan. 

They will also interrogate the role of non-Western powers in Sudan’s peace process, particularly the participation of the Gulf States in light of the leading role they are playing in the current Jeddah negotiations. Additionally, the panel will examine the possibility of alternative actors such as IGAD and the African Union playing a prominent role in Sudan’s future peace negotiations. 

Date/Time: 21 June, 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 PM  EAT

Location: This Forum will be held remotely, via Zoom. For full details sign up below. 

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Alden Young
Associate Professor, UCLA. 
Author of Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development and State-Formation 

Magdi el-Gizouli
Sudanese writer, researcher and Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute
Author of the recent paper, ‘The Price of Life: Revolutionary agency and political impasse in post-Bashir Sudan’

Sharath Srinvivasan
Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies.
Author of When Peace Kills Politics: International Intervention and Unending Wars in the Sudans

EJ Hoogendorn
Former Senior Advisor, US State Department; Deputy Africa Director, International Crisis Group; and Sanctions Expert, UN Panel of Experts on Sudan. 

Jawhara Kanu
Economist with nearly a decade of experience implementing development projects in Sudan and the broader East Africa region. Her interests include political economy, conflict economics, and nonviolent mobilization.

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