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Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
London, UK

Crisis Group Role

Magnus Taylor is an Analyst for Crisis Group's Horn of Africa project. He is responsible for Sudan and Uganda.

Areas of Expertise

  • Politics of eastern Africa and the Horn, particularly Sudan and Uganda

Professional Background

  • 2010 - 2015 Editor, 'African Arguments', Royal African Society
  • 2009 - 2010 MSc African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  • 2008 - 2009 Graduate attachment with the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi

Languages

  • English (native)

In The News

3 Dec 2017
This is a dangerous moment [for Sudan]. By taking out [Darfur's powerful militia chief] Musa Hilal, [Khartoum] has pitched two Darfuri Arab clans against each other. AFP

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
10 Oct 2017
[After the lifting of U.S. sanctions in Sudan] there’s been a lot of excitement among the Sudanese middle classes, even for things like getting a cinema. The sanctions have not been effective. The Hill

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
7 Oct 2017
It is appropriate to offer Sudan incentives and the beginning of a way back to a kind of international order from which it was thoroughly expelled. They had made enough progress, and we need to keep pushing them to climb. The New York Times

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
6 Oct 2017
If the U.S. is smart it will use the momentum it has gained in its relations with Sudan [by announcing an end to its 20-year-old trade embargo] and push for further improvements in the conduct of the Sudanese government. AFP

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
6 Oct 2017
Sudan is moving towards being reintegrated into the community of acceptable nations. They’re on this ladder, albeit a low rung, but they’re climbing. Financial Times

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
11 Jul 2017
The [U.S.] State Department wants [the repeal of sanctions on Sudan] to happen and the people working on Sudan within the Department want it to happen, but ultimately it's kind of a political decision. Reuters

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Africa

Bit by Bit, Uganda Is Laying the Groundwork for Future Unrest

Economically and politically, Uganda's government’s actions are leading to growing frustrations and lawlessness.

Originally published in African Arguments

Commentary / Africa

On the Trail of Uganda’s Arrow Boys

As part of Crisis Group’s research on civilian defence forces, Horn of Africa Analyst Magnus Taylor spoke to former fighters in Uganda known as the Arrow Boys. The group played an instrumental role in routing the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army when rebels attacked Teso in eastern Uganda in 2003.

Op-Ed / Africa

Sudan Protests: Why It’s In The Government’s Interests To Respond With Restraint

Public discontent and protests against price rises for pharmaceuticals and fuel have been spreading in Sudan. Khartoum should avoid reacting harshly, and build on its recent relative successes toward a better-balanced budget, resolving internal conflicts and international acceptance.

Originally published in African Arguments

Commentary / Africa

Museveni's Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda's Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a stuttering economy and no foreseeable transition of power, is likely to see political pressure continue to grow