Sudan's security agencies: fragmentation, visibility and mimicry, 1908–89

W J Berridge

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This article contends that, in the period under study, government security agencies in both colonial and post-colonial Sudan have failed to dominate society. It attributes this failure to the limited resources and limited ambitions of the state, and the fact that its security organs were thus weakly institutionalized. The fact that these failures persisted after independence, in spite of the efforts of post-colonial governments to expand their intelligence agencies, demonstrated the divisions within the state and the extent to which it could be captured by competing political and social groups.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)845-867
Number of pages22
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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