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Tenuous Transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan

June 5, 2020

The two most populous countries in the Horn of Africa—Ethiopia and Sudan—are both struggling with once-in-a-generation political transitions. Complicating these already tenuous transitions is a convergence of worrying trends, such as widespread food insecurity, severe pressure on public finances, ongoing or unresolved internal conflicts, large numbers of displaced persons, and now, the coronavirus pandemic. The fate of the transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan may determine the broader prospects for peace in the region for years to come.

At this critical time in history for the Horn of Africa, USIP brought together experts from Ethiopia and Sudan for a discussion on the specific challenges facing the political transitions in these two countries, as well as key parallels.


Manal Taha
Sudan Program Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Payton Knopf
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Aaron Maasho
Independent Journalist

Emebet Getachew
Ethiopia Country Program Manager, Life and Peace Institute 

Aly Verjeemoderator
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

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