Algeria and Sudan: A Late Spring or an Early Summer?

“Mass demonstrations in Sudan and Algeria in 2019 led to the removal of long-term presidents Omar Bashir and Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Did this represent a late flourishing of the spirit of the uprisings that took across the Arab world in 2011 or the heralding of a new wave of popular unrest and protest in the region?”


Dr. Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. She is an expert on Algeria and her work examines political violence, radicalization, Islamism, civil-military relations as well as cross-border dynamics. She also focuses on the participation of women in jihadist groups and in the military. Dr.Ghanem has been a guest speaker on these issues in various conferences and a regular commentator in different Arab and international print and audio-visual media.

Dr. Ghanem is the author of numerous publications, including most recently: Algeria’s Hirak: Why Such a Mass Movement Achieved so Little (Manara, Cambridge, December 15, 2020); The Last Emir?: AQIM’s Decline in the Sahel (Middle East Institute, December 7, 2020); ‘New Algeria,’ Same as the Old Algeria (Carnegie, November 6, 2020); Algeria’s Borderlands: A Country Unto Themselves (Carnegie, May 27, 2020); How Algeria’s Military Rules the Country (The Washington Post, August 8, 2019); Another Battle of Algiers (New York Times, March 13, 2019).

Mohqnad Hashim, is British-Sudanese journalist who has worked extensively on reporting the Middle East and Africa. He has received a number of accolades in recognition of his work since he joined BBC Monitoring in 2008. He reported on the Arab Spring 2010-2011 and led to team that won the BBC News award for their work. He went on to work closely with the BBC newsroom as a UGC producer, helping verify footage from Libya, Iraq and Syria at the height of those crises. He reported on the rise of IS and their sweeping land grab in Syria and Iraq in 2014, then broke the news of a group of British-Sudanese medics joining IS<>; in 2015. He also secured an exclusive interview for Newsnight with the father of one of the IS’ Jihadist Beatles. In 2015 Mohanad joined the Focus on Africa radio family, where he helped the team win a BBC News award in 2019 and a Webby award this year for his work with Africa Eye on reporting the events of the Sudanese uprising of 2018-19. Since leaving the BBC in late 2020, Mo has joined the Sudanese state broadcaster to help reform and modernise the service, as a director in charge of content.