Constant motion but no forward movement

Was re-reading some background papers on Sudan last night and came across this quote from commentator Alex de Waal:

“We must face the possibility of continued turbulence and paralysis in Sudan – a political process marked by constant motion but no forward movement.”

There has been lots of “motion” over the last year – everything from rebels racing across hundreds of miles of desert to attack Khartoum to peace envoys zipping across the world holding consultations and conferences. But very little, if anything, that counts as “movement”.

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