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What's Next for Sudan?: Understanding the Overthrow of al-Bashir

Khalid Medani

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On April 6th, on the anniversary of the non-violent uprising that removed the dictator Jaafar Nimeiri in 1985, the protests in Sudan reached a watershed moment. The protesters camped outside of the army HQ in Khartoum, which also houses al-Bashir's residence - calling on the army to help them oust the country’s long time dictator. On Wednesday, April 11, the defense minister Awad Ibn Ouf announced that al-Bashir had been ousted by the military. He added that the army would oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections, with a three-month state of emergency.

In a statement issued shortly after the Armed Forces televised address, the opposition call the military transitional council “a military coup” that “reproduces the same faces and institutions that the people revolted against.” it also called on the people to maintain their sit-in outside the military headquarters until power is handed to a transitional civilian group. So what’s next for Sudan?

To get some clarity on the rapidly changing situation in Sudan, Shahram Aghamir spoke with Khalid Medani, an associate professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies at McGill University in Canada.


Khalid Medani
Khalid Medani

Khalid Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies at McGill University. 

Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies at McGill University. Prior to his arrival at McGill, Dr. Medani has taught at Oberlin College and Stanford University. Dr. Medani received a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University, an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Medani has published on the on the roots of civil conflict and the funding of the Islamic movement in Sudan, the question of informal finance and terrorism in Somalia, the obstacles to state building in Iraq, and the role of informal networks in the rise of Islamic militancy. 

In 2007, Medani was named a Carnegie Scholar on Islam, and was awarded a prestigious grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 
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