As large parts of Africa have been moving toward more democratic forms of government, the Horn of Africa has stayed behind. Yet the emergence of a strong pro-democracy movement in Sudan, which led to the toppling of the country’s long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir, has raised hopes for Sudan becoming not only a democracy itself but also a model for neighboring states to emulate. Yet as scholars Michael Woldemariam and Alden Young explain, Sudan still has a long way to go. They explain what’s at stake for the country and the region as a whole in an informative opinion piece.
About the Authors
Michael Woldemariam is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. Alden Young is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and a member of the International Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.