The US Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington published on 13 August 2013 a brief paper titled "Pathway to National Dialogue in Sudan" by Princeton Lyman and Jon Temin. It analyzes the prospects for genuine national dialogue and reform in Sudan, concluding that any meaningful process will be lengthy. If a genuine, inclusive process is underway, elections in 2015 may need to be delayed.
Lyman is a special adviser to the president of USIP and the former US special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Temin is the director of the Horn of Africa program at USIP.