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CIC Victoria: A Nation at War…What is Happening in Sudan?

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

When: Tuesday, 6 February
Where: The Sticky Wicket Pub, Maple Room, the Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street
Time: 5 – 7:00 pm (doors open at 5 pm)
Our Speaker: Former Ambassador Nick Coghlan

In December 2018, after suffering thirty years of islamist-inspired military dictatorship, the people of Sudan made it clear that they had had enough and took to the streets. Bowing to enormous popular pressure, the armed forces eventually agreed to lock up indicted genocidaire President Omar al-Bashir and to engage with civilians in moving towards full democracy.
The army did not keep their promise. A coup in 2021 removed a struggling civilian-led government. Then in April 2023 the coup leaders fell out. Since that time escalating fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) – a powerful militia created by Bashir – has plunged the country into civil war and turned Khartoum into a ruin. 1.5 million Sudanese have fled the country as refugees; a further 6 million have been displaced internally; 25 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The spectre of genocide has returned to Darfur as ill-disciplined RSF troops have revived old ethnic conflicts and killed thousands.
The war is meanwhile situated in a volatile regional context, with the UAE and Iran taking opposite sides as they seek to influence the outcome. Western and regional peace efforts have stalled: the USA and allies are distracted by other crises, while neighbouring countries are riven by their own disputes.  The prospects for protracted instability and regional spill-over grow by the day.  To discuss the current situation we are delighted to have former Ambassador Nick Coghlan join us.
Nick served as Canada’s first resident diplomat in Khartoum, Sudan (2000–2003). His experiences over that period are recounted in Far in the Waste Sudan (MQUP, 2005). He was also the first resident Canadian ambassador in Juba, the capital of the newly independent South Sudan. Nick and his wife Jenny were awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for their role in the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Juba when civil war broke out in late 2013, an event recounted in his more recent book, Collapse of a Country: A Diplomat’s Memoir of South Sudan (MQUP, 2017).
In a former existence Nick was a teacher and rowing coach at Shawnigan Lake School (Vancouver Island). Nick and Jenny have also sailed one-and-a-half times around the world, in the 27-footer they keep close to home on Salt Spring Island.


To attend this event please email Roger Love at cicvicpip@gmail.com. The event is open to CIC members only. The cost to attend is $22.50, which will cover a first drink and a round of appetizers. Attendance is limited so please don’t wait to register.

Confirmation of your registration along with payment instructions will be provided. If you are not able to attend after registering, and there is a waiting list, your registration fee will be reimbursed. If we have no waiting list, unfortunately refunds cannot be given.




February 6
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST


Sticky Wicket Pub, Strathcona Hotel
919 Douglas Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2C2 Canada
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CIC Victoria Branch