Can political finance explain the different development stories in Ethiopia and Sudan?
Aditya Sarkar & Alex de Waal
Ethiopia and Sudan share a common border, the Blue Nile, and political and economic challenges ranging from separatism to chronic food insecurity. Both states nearly collapsed at the cusp of the 1990s. Yet they are rarely compared in academic or policy literature — despite a thought-provoking contrast in their […]Continue Reading →
How Not to End Mass Starvation
The United Nations has announced a plan to alleviate world hunger and prevent famine. If the steps are implemented they may ease global food prices. But they won’t stop today’s famines, most of which are deliberately inflicted in the course of war.
Addressing man-made starvation needs political courage—and UN Secretary General António Guterres isn’t showing […]Continue Reading →
Sudan’s Path of Hunger
By Eddie Thomas & Alex de Waal
Sudan’s food economy is broken and the generals in power have neither capability nor intent to mend it.
A generation of rural Sudanese have faced hunger even while the country exported food and urban dwellers enjoyed a diet centered on imported wheat. An inequitable social compact exploited the […]Continue Reading →
Testifying at the ICC
The prosecution of Ali Abd al-Rahma ‘Kushayb’ at the International Criminal Court opened earlier this month. It is the first case in which an alleged perpetrator of mass atrocities inflicted during the Darfur war in 2003-04 is facing international justice. Hopefully it will not be the last.
For the first time at an ICC trial, […]Continue Reading →
General al-Burhan: Illegitimate, Unpatriotic, Untrustworthy, and Not a Leader
The seizure of power by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Monday was a brazen usurpation of the constitutional order, a selfish effort to protect the privileges of the army, and a betrayal of a succession of promises he himself had made.
Al-Burhan’s action is a military coup, pure and simple: a power grab in defiance […]Continue Reading →
Elevating Voices in Sudan
The podcast series “African Voices, African Arguments” features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and
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