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Geopolitical Hotspot: Sudan and the endless cycle of military control

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Tim Marshall is a journalist, broadcaster and author of Prisoners of Geography and Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls

When the tear gas has cleared, and the internet switched back on, the most likely scenario for Sudan is for it to continue the cycle it has known for too long: military coup, followed by steps towards a nascent democracy, then back to military coup. That may be a bleak view, but Sudan has few concrete blocks available with which to cement together a cohesive society or a democratic nation state.

In early November, protesters were on the streets demanding that the military return to the route mapped out for a transition to democracy, drawn up after the toppling of the dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019. It’s not happening. The Sovereign Council, a power sharing mechanism between army and civilian leaders was dissolved last month after General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan moved to ‘correct the course of the people’s…

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