Caught between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Sudan has often defied definitions. While the country is often not considered part of the Middle East, it has long held close ties to the region. Split between Arab-Muslims and African Christians and Animists, it has a long history of unrest and tragedy. In this week’s episode, Mike and Danny debate the events leading to the 1989 coup that brought Omar Bashir to power. They also discuss the role of Hassan al-Turabi and other Islamists in the country’s politics.