USIP's Lessons Learned program captures the experiences of US military and civilian officials returning from work in Sudan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 

USIP’s Lessons Learned efforts are designed to collect, analyze, and distribute lessons learned from U.S. government officials, military officers, contractors, and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations who have served in peace and stability operations.  USIP has conducted studies of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the peace process in Sudan.  Transcripts of interviews from these studies are made available to the public (see the “Resources and Tools” section).  These transcripts and our published reports contribute to U.S. capacity to conduct effective peace and stability operations.

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Sudan Remains at a Stalemate After the Military’s Crackdown

Sudan Remains at a Stalemate After the Military’s Crackdown

Thursday, June 20, 2019

By: Elizabeth Murray

It’s been over two months since Sudan’s longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir, was overthrown by the country’s military following months of popular protests. On June 3, the Transitional Military Council (TMC)—which has been ruling since Bashir’s ouster—escalated its lethal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Khartoum and other cities. The protesters say that their demand is the same as before—a transition to civilian rule—but that they will not negotiate with the TMC unless it first meets certain conditions. What’s happening in Sudan? When will negotiations on the country’s transition resume? How can the international community help? USIP’s Elizabeth Murray discusses the latest on the situation in Sudan.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

Payton Knopf on the Stakes in Sudan

Payton Knopf on the Stakes in Sudan

Thursday, May 23, 2019

By: Payton Knopf

What’s at stake in Sudan as tense negotiations between the Transitional Military Council and protesters continue? “We need to see a swift transition to civilian-led rule,” says Payton Knopf. “Otherwise I’m afraid what will result is increased instability … or potentially a catastrophic failure of the state.”

Type: Podcast

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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