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Christopher Tounsel, JSIS Interim Director of African Studies, pens a piece titled, “Sudan crisis explained: What’s behind the latest fighting and how it fits nation’s troubled past”

April 18, 2023

Days of violence in Sudan have resulted in the deaths of at least 180 people, with many more left wounded.

The fighting represents the latest crisis in the North African nation, which has contended with numerous coups and periods of civil strife since becoming independent in 1956.

The Conversation asked Christopher Tounsel, a Sudan specialist and interim director of the University of Washington’s African Studies Program, to explain the reasons behind the violence and what it means for the chances of democracy being restored in Sudan.

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