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04 May 2023

HSRC to host a webinar on dominant military transition to democratic dispensation approaches in Africa: Perspectives from Sudan

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Human Sciences Research Council

Pretoria, Thursday, 4 May 2023 – Sudan, one of the continent’s most populous countries, situated at the confluence between North and Sub-Saharan Africa, is on the verge of implosion. According to media reports, over 500 people have already been killed while more than 4000 have been injured since the beginning of the conflict.

Armed confrontation has been reported between forces loyal to General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the country’s de facto leader, and those of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary unit within the Sudanese army. The power struggle between the two warring factions has its roots in the years before the 2019 uprising that ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

To discuss this and related issues, the Human Sciences Research Council’s Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) will host a webinar entitled, Challenging dominant military transition to democratic dispensation approaches in Africa: Perspectives from Sudan. The online seminar will be held on Friday, 5 May 2023 from 10h00.

The webinar will contextualise the current challenging security situation in Sudan and its implications for peace and security in Africa. It will also unpack conflict management strategies and provide innovative recommendations for moving the transitional processes forward.

Speakers will address the questions such as: How does the conflict highlight the current socio-political and military dynamics in Sudan and, more importantly, how does it affect the ongoing transition processes in the country? How does the conflict affect regional dynamics and peace and security in Africa, especially as it affects transitions to civilian rule in other African countries? What urgent strategies are required to rapidly reduce the violence and bring agreement between the warring parties?

Details of the event:

Date:                 5 May 2023

Time:                10h00 – 12h30


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Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

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