Chad Is on Track for Peace Talks One Year After the Death of Idriss Déby

Almost a year after the violent death of President Idriss Déby, Chad is set to embark on a round of comprehensive talks in February that are slated to define the steps from the current transitional period to democratic elections. It is early days yet and the situation still fraught, but Déby’s son seems intent onContinue reading “Chad Is on Track for Peace Talks One Year After the Death of Idriss Déby”

Sudan: New Protests Ahead of UN-Sponsored Talks

It’s been a week since Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned from his post, citing a lack of consensus in the country and amid warnings that Sudan was on the brink of disaster. So far, the military rulers have failed to come up with a successor and street protests are continuing unabated. Many names have beenContinue reading “Sudan: New Protests Ahead of UN-Sponsored Talks”

Tunisia: Ennahda’s Position of Power Is Eroding

The arrest of the vice chairman of Tunisia’s Ennahda Party has shown how perilous the position of the Islamists has become. Frozen out from parliament by the president, the former party of power now also faces a challenge from within. It may yet be early days, but it seems likely that a new grouping willContinue reading “Tunisia: Ennahda’s Position of Power Is Eroding”

Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira

While Europe is grappling with a resurgence of the corona crisis and its adequate response, the situation at its borders is deteriorating too – Belarus, Ukraine, Libya to name but a few of the countries where important crises are ongoing. A case for particular concern though is Turkey, or so it should be, because theContinue reading “Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira”

Tentative Steps Towards Reconciliation in Chad

As weapons do the talking in neighboring countries, Chad is embarking on negotiations that the politicians of the central African country hope will lead towards a democratic reconciliation. Our correspondent in N’Djamena gives an insight into the chances of success. When Idriss Déby, the long-time head of state of Chad, succumbed to his wounds obtainedContinue reading “Tentative Steps Towards Reconciliation in Chad”

Sudan: Months of Tension Culminate in Military Coup

The writing had been on the wall in Sudan and the events of Monday may confirm the expectations of many. But the conclusion that everybody stands to lose from the coup in Sudan is too simple. The numerous groups that are destined to benefit from the coup makes a return to civilian rule all theContinue reading “Sudan: Months of Tension Culminate in Military Coup”

Coup Attempt in Sudan Serves as a Reminder of the Country’s Fragility

When the news about the attempt coup d’état in Sudan broke, all fingers automatically pointed toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, frustrated islamists seem a likely source of taking to such drastic steps, but they are not the only ones. From what has emerged so far about the military coup attempt in Khartoum on Tuesday itContinue reading “Coup Attempt in Sudan Serves as a Reminder of the Country’s Fragility”

Talking About President Erdogan’s Health Won’t Make Much of an Impact

Turkey has seen a wave of speculation about their president’s health recently, not for the first time and presumably not for the last either. This may come as little surprise given the importance of Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey – but some observers argue that the whole debate amounts to little more than idle gossip.Continue reading “Talking About President Erdogan’s Health Won’t Make Much of an Impact”

A Study of the Past for Understanding the Sudan of Today

The Economic and Political Development of the Sudanby Francis A. Lees and Hugh C. Brooks The Sudan is one of the (few) exciting cases of democratic transition and as such has featured strongly not only on the frontpages across the world but also as a key factor for international development. Testimony to which was theContinue reading “A Study of the Past for Understanding the Sudan of Today”

Sudan Investment Conference: Are the Hopes of the Democratic Government Justified?

When Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok today addresses the investment conference initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron, he can be sure of the full attention not just of the other heads of state and dignitaries, but also of the wider population in his country. With fuel and food supplies reportedly under stress and rising pricesContinue reading “Sudan Investment Conference: Are the Hopes of the Democratic Government Justified?”