Due to Sudan’s strategic location in a volatile and important region, its proximity to the Nile River, shared borders with seven nations, and foreign investments from Russia’s Wagner group and Gulf states, successive administrations have tried to sway events in favor of democracy or a strongman.
Sudan’s strategic importance is evident in its location within an unstable and geopolitically significant region. The country’s position along the Nile River places it at the center of concerns for both Egypt and Ethiopia, and its shared borders with seven countries connect it to various security challenges. Sudan’s border with Ethiopia’s Tigray region is a source of tension, and the unstable border with South Sudan has led to economic difficulties for Sudan. The military has sought foreign partners, resulting in investments from Gulf states and dubious deals with Russia’s Wagner group. Various governments are attempting to influence events in Sudan, with some aiming to guide the country toward democracy, while others may prefer to back a strongman.