Raphaëlle Chevrillon-Guibert, Enrico Ille, Mohamed Salah, Translated by Hancock Hutton, “Power practices, mining conflicts and the gold economy in the Sudan under the Al-Inqaz regime” in Politique africaine Volume 158, Issue 2, April 2020, pages 123 to 148
This article reviews power and negotiation practices under the Al-Inqaz regime during the 2010s, based on a study of the Sudanese mining sector, which has become a cornerstone of the Sudanese economy in the space of a few years and one of this regime’s main sources of wealth. Based on broad field research in the capital and other regions, our analysis examines the modality of statehood in the Sudan and forms of domination in the relations between the center and peripheries of political power. It underscores the fluidity of the forces behind this authoritarian domination and the diversity of these relations, while showing how the central government, using its security apparatus, monopolized rent-seeking to the detriment of local interests in the mining areas. This allows us to understand how the security forces conceptualized their relations with the population in terms of center–periphery, but also public–private. This conceptualization fed their way of governing and lies at the heart of the current revolutionary moment insofar as it preconfigured the fundamental tension between civil and military rule.