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On April 15, 2023, Sudan was thrown into a civil war that has left hopes for a peaceful transition to civilian rule in tatters. The fighting is between forces loyal to the country's top two generals who are vying for power, and the UN refugee agency estimates the conflict may produce over 800,000 refugees. The crisis in Sudan has far-reaching implications, and it's important to understand its geopolitical context and potential consequences.

Join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for a discussion with Joshua Meservey, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute who studies Africa and African Geopolitics. Mr. Meservey will discuss how Sudan got to where it is and give insight into what is happening now. He will also discuss the regional dynamics of the situation and what a future path forward for US-Sudan relations could look like.

Please come prepared for this unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Sudan and the geopolitics surrounding it. Don't miss this chance to be a part of this important conversation.


  • Joshua Meservey (Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute)

    Joshua Meservey

    Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute


    Joshua Meservey is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he focuses on great power competition in Africa, African geopolitics, and counterterrorism.

    He was previously a research fellow for Africa at the Heritage Foundation. Before joining Heritage, he worked at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and at the US Army Special Operations Command where he helped write an Army concept paper. He also worked at Church World Service (CWS) based out of Nairobi, Kenya, and traveled extensively in East and Southern Africa interviewing refugees. He ended his time at CWS responsible for a multinational team of nearly 100 staff. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Zambia and extended his service there to work for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    He has testified twice before the Senate, four times before the House of Representatives, and once before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is lead author of a monograph on al-Shabaab’s insurgency and contributed a chapter to the book War and Peace in Somalia, published by Oxford University Press. He has written for a wide range of publications including Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the National Interest, The Hill, and various journals. His commentary is often featured in various print and digital media outlets, and he has presented at the National Defense University and the State Department.

    Mr. Meservey holds a master of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in history from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University.

    He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children.

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To gain more insight into the subject matter, read Joshua Meservey's recent policy memo entitled "America's Best Choice in Sudan Is the Least Bad Option."

Amidst the ongoing conflict in Sudan, a power struggle between two influential generals threatens to tear the country apart, with dire consequences for the Sudanese people and American interests. This analysis explores the complex dynamics of the conflict, the dangers it poses, and the difficult choices the United States faces in navigating its involvement to protect its core interests.


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