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17 March 2022
Webinar on the Crisis in Sudan
The Department of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape, invites you to the second instalment in the Horn of Africa webinar series titled “Revolution, coup, and protest: understanding the ongoing crisis in Sudan”.


In 2019 long-time military ruler Omar al-Bashir was removed from power in a popular Revolution that sought to inaugurate democratic rule. The military struck an alliance with the pro-democracy civilians with the aim of guiding the country to a free and fair election in 2023. In October 2021 the military staged a coup and took over full control of the transition. Pro-democracy protestors have continued to take to the streets where many have been killed and injured by military aligned forces. The speakers attempt to make sense of these developments by reflecting on what is at stake, the profile of the protestor and what motivates them, the end game of the military, and the role of external actors.


Date: Thursday, 24 March 2022
Time: 17h00 - 18h30 South African Standard Time (SAST)
Platform: Zoom



  • Jihad Mashamoun, researcher and political analyst of Sudanese affairs. He holds a doctorate degree in Middle East politics from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter. He is also honorary research fellow within the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.
  • Nisrin Elamin, Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College. Nisrin received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 2019 and a B.A. in socio-political development studies from Harvard University in 2000. Her work explores the relationship between land, belonging, migration and geopolitics in post secession Sudan and the broader Sahel region.
  • Andrew E. Yaw Tchie, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), a Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham, a visiting Senior Fellow at Kings College London and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). At NUPI, he focuses on stabilisation, peace operations, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and security assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa and Coordinates the training for Peace Project. At RUSI his research focuses on three strands: security approaches in Africa, conflict resilience and prevention in Africa, and peace operations in Africa - with the focal geographical areas being the Horn, the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, and the Gulf of Guinea.


Moderator: Dr Namhla Matshanda, Political Studies Lecturer, University of the Western Cape.
17h00-17h10 Welcome and introduction
17h10-17h20 Jihad Mashamoun
17h20-17h30 Nisrin Elamin
17h30-17h40 Andrew E. Yaw Tchie
17h40-18h00 Panel discussion
18h00-18h25 Questions and answers
18h25-18h30 Closing and end