Instability in North Africa. Several countries in North Africa are experiencing a period of volatility. Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced Thursday that Sudan’s army has removed President Omar al-Bashir from power, dissolved parliament and suspended the country’s 2005 constitution. A military council will run a transitional government for the next two years. A curfew has been imposed for one month, a state of emergency will be implemented for the next three months and border crossings in all parts of Sudan will be closed until further notice. In Libya, meanwhile, clashes between rival armies south of Tripoli have been reported. There has also been unrest in Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania, including protests demanding more government funding and free expression. The unrest in these three countries is far less intense than what we’ve observed in Libya and Sudan, but they’re noteworthy given the apparent increasing instability across the region.