Considering Global Conflicts — Sudan

Ken Briggs
4 min readMay 19, 2024

Given the significant amount of attention on the conflict in Gaza, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the other conflicts around the world. In places like Sudan, Myanmar, Ukraine, Armenia, and others, there are conflicts that are just as, or even more, violent, than the one currently occurring in Gaza. Many of the actions in these places could just as easily be described as “genocide”, and yet get a fraction of the coverage.

Sudanese protesters walk past burning tires as they rally in protest against the October 2021 military coup, in the capital Khartoum, on January, 9 2022. AFP via Getty Images

I have a few ideas about why this is, but that is fundamentally subjective and hard to prove. The most obvious is that Israel’s capital Jerusalem has huge significance for three religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, that together makeup half the world’s population. Another is that it is a high-profile conflict in an area, the Middle East, that is historically important for the modern economy. But all of this is residue from the past.

Moving right along. . .

This first explainer will cover Sudan, and the current conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia. The crisis is severe and escalating and has significant implications for the stability of Sudan and the Sahel region. Roughly 15,000 have been killed, and 8.2 million have been displaced. This conflict is rooted in complex power struggles, historical tensions, and…

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Ken Briggs

Engineer, tech co-founder, writer, and student of foreign policy. Talks about the intersection of technology, politics, business, foreign affairs, and history