Khalid Mustafa Medani, Professor of Political Science Department and the Islamic Studies Institute and Chair, African Studies Program, McGill University
In a pattern similar to the wave of recent popular protests worldwide, in April 2019, following over six months of persistent protests, an unprecedented popular uprising (intifada), organized, waged and sustained by youth, managed to successfully overthrow three decades of authoritarian rule in Sudan. Professor Medani’s paper examines the political and socioeconomic factors that led to the revolution and the challenges that remain for the consolidation of democracy. The paper also discusses some often neglected factors in the analysis of popular protests in Africa and the Middle East. These include the relationship between geo-politics and grassroots activism in democratization, the role of social media, and diasporic activism in helping to shape and sustain local networks of resistance.
Mai Hassan and Ahmed Kodouda, “Sudan's Uprising: The Fall of a Dictator,” Journal of Democracy, 30.4, October 2019: 89-103.
Mohammed Elnaiem, “Armed, Unarmed, and Non-Violent: The Sudanese Resistance in
Sudan's 2018-2019 Revolutionary Uprising,” Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 43.2,
Summer 2019: 5-26.