About the project

The third largest country in Africa, Sudan sits at the intersection–both geographically and culturally–of the Arab and African worlds and, as such, exerts great influence in a turbulent region. In the wake of longtime president Omar al-Bashir’s removal from power in April 2019, and the ensuing turbulence, the country remains pivotal. While governance in Sudan has long been of interest to the United States, in recent years the United States adopted a policy of engagement–rather than isolation–as it seeks to promote positive change in Sudan.

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Bronwyn Bruton

Director of Programs and Studies; Deputy Director, Africa Center

Africa Center

J. Peter Pham

Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives; Director, Africa Center

Africa Center

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Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Hudson quoted in The New Humanitarian on Sudan’s transition

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Hudson quoted in Middle East Eye on Hemeti’s rise to prominence in Sudan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Sudan

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Hudson quoted in Foreign Policy on US decision not to sanction Sudanese security forces

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Sudan’s power-sharing deal: An exercise in optimism

Until there is greater clarity on how the Sovereign Council will function, how it will relate to the prime minister and his Council of Ministers, and what the duties, responsibilities, and authorities of the Legislative Council will be, the agreement will remain little more than words on a page.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa East Africa

Wed, Nov 7, 2018

Roundtable with Sudan’s minister of foreign affairs

On November 7, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion featuring H.E. Dr. ElDirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Sudan, on the state of US-Sudan relations, as well as recent efforts by his government to mediate peace in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. In his remarks, […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Conflict

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Pham Quoted in Modern Ghana on US-Sudanese Relations

Read the full article here.

In the News by J. Peter Pham


Wed, Oct 3, 2018

South Sudan’s first vice president optimistic about peace, but no one is buying It

The almost 400,000 people killed over the past five years “is a higher mortality rate vis-à-vis population than the civil war in Syria,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.

New Atlanticist by Ashish Kumar Sen

Conflict Crisis Management

Sat, Sep 15, 2018

Pham Quoted in FT on South Sudan Peace Deal

Read the full article here.

In the News by J. Peter Pham


Thu, Sep 13, 2018

In South Sudan, it’s déjà vu all over again

In December of 2013, the world’s youngest nation was plunged back into a familiar cycle of violence after Kiir accused his vice president, Machar, of plotting to overthrow him.

New Atlanticist by Ashish Kumar Sen

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Pham Joins VOA to Discuss Sudanese Cabinet

Listen to the full discussion here.

In the News by J. Peter Pham