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Sudan’s Calamitous Civil War: A Chance to Draw Back from the Abyss

Sudan’s war is entering an even more dangerous phase as fighting spreads to the heavily contested east, spelling more atrocities and mass displacement.

Diplomats should seize a new opportunity to halt the spiral into state failure and stimulate direct talks between the belligerents.

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Sudan’s brutal civil war is set to take an uglier turn still.

A man walks while smoke rises above buildings after aerial bombardment, during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum North, Sudan, May 1, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

After almost nine months of fighting, the war is expanding east, threatening to engulf the country and push it farther down the path of long-term state failure.

Already, the country is divided roughly in two: the army holds sway in much of the east, but the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) controls much of the…

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