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The Lawfare Podcast: Sudan’s Forgotten Conflict with Reva Dhingra and Ciaran Donnelly

Tyler McBrien, Reva Dhingra, Ciarán Donnelly, Jen Patja
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 8:00 AM
Discussing the one-year anniversary of the Sudanese civil war

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One year ago, fighting broke out in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In the intervening months, the death toll and humanitarian cost have been immense. 

And yet, the suffering has gone largely overlooked by the United States and European nations. As U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield recently said, “Just five years after a revolution that offered a glimpse at a free, peaceful, democratic Sudan, people are losing hope. Aid workers have begun calling this conflict the forgotten war. Sudanese children are asking why the world has forgotten them.”

To learn more, Lawfare Managing Editor Tyler McBrien sat down with Reva Dhingra, a Policy Adviser at the International Rescue Committee, and Ciarán Donnelly, a Senior Vice President for International Programs, also at the IRC. They discussed the roots of the current conflict, the spillover effects, and the exacerbating effects of climate change. They also heard about what Ciarán saw on his recent trip to the Sudan-Chad border.

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Tyler McBrien is the managing editor of Lawfare. He previously worked as an editor with the Council on Foreign Relations and a Princeton in Africa Fellow with Equal Education in South Africa, and holds an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago.
Reva Dhingra is the policy and planning advisor for crisis response, recovery, and development (CRRD) at the International Rescue Committee, where she works with senior leadership on humanitarian policy engagement. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Brookings Institution and worked on the Syria response team at the IRC. She holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
Ciarán Donnelly is the senior vice president for crisis response, recovery, and development (CRRD) at the International Rescue Committee, where he oversees humanitarian programs in more than 40 countries worldwide. He joined the IRC’s response to the civil war in Burundi in 2001 and led the agency’s field operations in Uganda, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Jen Patja is the editor and producer of The Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.

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