March 23, 2023

‘They Keep Killing Us’: Violence Rages in Sudan’s Darfur Two Decades On

I spoke with Abdi Latif Dahir, who deserves credit for getting this major story on Darfur reported out as media attention focuses squarely on Ukraine. As I told him: “The world has forgotten about Darfur once again.”

Prosecuting Putin for Going to War

With Ryan Goodman Russian President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility for many international crimes committed by his forces in Ukraine. But one of these crimes preceded all the others: the crime of aggression. Aggression is the resort to war in violation of the United Nations Charter. And it is a crime that can be committed only […]

Prosecutor v. President Vladmir Putin

Co-authored with Prof. Ryan Goodman. What follows is a model of a criminal indictment against President Vladimir Putin for the crime of initiating and executing a war of aggression against Ukraine. The indictment represents the type of document international war crimes prosecutors or national prosecutors could file before an international or national court. Continue reading […]

Bringing context to the Russia-Ukraine War

Humanitarian corridors? Sanctions? No-fly zones? Military intervention? On March 10, two weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Pulitzer Center will offer an opportunity to better understand the war and its implications beyond the headlines. The webcast of my discussion with journalists Sarah Topol, Rachel Oswald & Dimiter Kenarov, who all have deep reporting experience […]

The Int’l Criminal Court’s Ukraine Investigation: A Test Case for User-Generated Evidence

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim A.A. Khan QC, announced Monday that he is opening an investigation into the situation in Ukraine. This will present a test case for the ICC’s ability to absorb and analyze massive amounts of user-generated evidence – evidence recorded on a smartphone by an ordinary citizen – […]

Supporting Democracy in Hard Places

It was wonderful to join this event, hosted by The Carnegie Endowment, with Under Secretary Zeya, Scott Worden, Aarya Nijat & Patrick Quirk, moderated by Frances Brown. I underscored that the one non-negotiable aspect of Sudanese democracy is the Sudanese people themselves – but that the international community’s actions put a thumb on the scale […]

Sudanese Democracy is Hanging in the Balance

On Oct. 25, the head of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, seized power from Sudan’s transitional government, established after mass protests in 2019 ousted longtime dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The Sudanese people and the international community promptly condemned Burhan’s coup. Now, an agreement between Burhan and the prime minister of the transitional government, Abdalla […]

Sudan’s Coup is a Gamble That Nobody Will Care

The Sudanese military seized power expecting not to face resistance at home or abroad. That’s wishful thinking. On Monday, the Sudanese military seized power from Sudan’s transitional government. Announcing the coup on state television, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s commander in chief, dissolved the civilian-military power-sharing arrangement in place since the Sudanese people overthrew Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year dictatorship […]

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After the Coup in Sudan: Key (Short-Term) Indicators

On Monday morning, the Sudanese military seized power from the transitional government led by Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, which had been in place since the Sudanese people overthrew long-time dictator Omar al Bashir in 2019. Speaking on state television, military leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, declared a state of emergency. He announced the dissolution of the […]