Atta H. El-Batahani is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Khartoum. He is also affiliated with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) as program manager for Sudan. He holds a PhD from the University of Sussex and an MSc from the University of Khartoum. Besides Mr. El-Batahani worked on projects with UNDP, Save the Children and Oxfam focusing on Sudan; he also conducted field surveys on reintegrating fractured communities in conflict-affected areas in Sudan and on resources, environment and tribal-ethnic conflicts. Batahani's research focus covers the Nuba Mountains and Western Sudan. He publishes and lectures extensively on the themes of conflict, conflict resolution mechanisms, and civil society.