The Sudan conflict and its impacts on the region 

Mark Leonard is joined by Theodore Murphy, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Marie Dumoulin to talk about Sudan

By loading this audio player, you consent to your personal data being sent to Soundcloud. Soundcloud may combine your data with other information they have collected and may process your data on US servers. Learn more in our privacy policy.

Load player


The crisis in Sudan is now in its sixth week, with no end in sight. Neither the Sudanese Armed Forces nor the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have been able to gain decisive victories in the capital, Khartoum. On 22 May, the two sides signed a seven-day ceasefire, sponsored by the United States and Saudi Arabia. So, what are the current scenarios for negotiation, and what role should the West play in this process?  

This week, Mark Leonard is joined by Theodore Murphy, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Marie Dumoulin, the heads of ECFR’s Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Wider Europe programmes. They discuss why stability in Sudan is critical to the Middle East and North Africa, and what is at stake for other politically unsteady countries, such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Chad. Is there a risk of regional spillover, and where are the Sudanese refugees going?  

This podcast was recorded on 22 May 2023.  


Cover image:
A UN Security Council meeting about recent developments in Sudan is held at the UN headquarters in New York, on May 22, 2023
Image by picture alliance / Xinhua News Agency | Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

We will store your email address and gather analytics on how you interact with our mailings. You can unsubscribe or opt-out at any time. Find out more in our privacy notice.