Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
Protests have been sweeping Sudan since December 2018, which began as a reaction rising prices and skyrocketing inflation, after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashirs government followed International Monetary Funds recommendations to cut wheat and fuel subsidies. However, similar to the contemporary cases across the Middle East and North Africa, the protests evolved into a means for expressing the grave discontent against long-standing political turmoil, associated with al-Bashir's three-decade rule. In fact, on a recent trip to Egypt to meet el-Sisi, al-Bashir criticized the protests as attempts to copy the so-called Arab Spring for Sudan. Unsurprisingly, the government has cracked down on the protests, resulting in tens of people killed and hundreds arrested, while Sudan's people still struggle with daily economic hardships. In this weeks salon, we will focus on the developments in Sudan to better understand its present dynamics and possible consequences.
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