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june 22nd, 2017

The July Deadline Won’t Work: Why the U.S. needs to delay the decision on Sudan sanctions

 

Note: This policy brief was published by the Enough Project.

 

As a July decision approaches on whether to permanently remove most sanctions on Sudan, the Trump administration should properly evaluate progress, or lack thereof, on each of the five tracks on which progress is required, and the administration should not privilege any single track over others. Enough’s view is that the evidence available concerning multiple tracks is inconclusive. Combined with the fact that key senior Trump administration officials responsible for Africa policy are not yet in place, this calls for a six-month delay on the decision, during which time the Trump administration should assign the additional staff needed to gather credible information and assess progress on each of the five tracks. While properly assessing progress on the five tracks, the Trump administration should also pivot to pursue a separate new track of engagement focused on advancing peace and human rights in Sudan.

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may 31st, 2017

New Sentry Report – Making a Fortune While Making a Famine: The Illustrative Case of a South Sudanese General

 

Note: This report was published by Not On Our Watch's initiative, The Sentry.

 

Today, The Sentry published its latest report, Making a Fortune While Making a Famine: The Illustrative Case of a South Sudanese General. It examines documents concerning Lt. Gen. Malek Reuben Riak, who was recently promoted to deputy chief of defense staff, and is one of the senior generals that the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts has identified as responsible for the violence in Unity state that directly led to the famine. A close examination of these documents helps illustrate the warped incentives that are presented to senior military officials in South Sudan.

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last updated january 13th, 2016

january 13th, 2016

FinCEN Moves to Curb Real Estate-based Money Laundering in Miami, Manhattan

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today that it has issued a Geographic Targeting Order that requires U.S. title insurance companies to identify beneficial owners of companies that purchase high end real estate in Miami-Dade County and Manhattan in “all-cash” transactions. The move is a milestone in the fight to prevent the illicit proceeds of crime and corruption from entering the U.S. real estate market. The move follows a series of high profile exposés in 2014 and 2015 that highlighted the extent to which anonymous shell companies have been used to conceal the ownership of high end real estate in the United States.

 

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january 7th, 2016

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Flour Power: Bread crisis, a cash crunch, and Sudan’s shrinking private sector"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail and originally appeared in Sudan Tribune on January 7, 2016.

 

As economists and analysts keep their eyes on Sudan’s growing hard currency shortage and the falling value of the Sudanese pound against the U.S. dollar, many Sudanese consumers have been watching the price and availability of bread in local bakeries and the outcome of a dispute between a major flour supplier and the Sudanese government. The state of Sudan’s currency, its bread, and private sector enterprise has a direct impact on the daily lives of many Sudanese people and provides signals about the tactics and stability of the regime itself. There are signs that the hard currency shortage is driving elites to take over private enterprise and gain control of even the less lucrative markets, including agriculture, in their bid for more cash.

december 15th, 2015

Report: "Deadly Enterprise: Dismantling South Sudan's War Economy and Countering Potential Spoilers"

On the two-year anniversary of the start of South Sudan’s brutal civil war, a peace agreement has been signed and implementation is underway. Yet personal political and economic interests continue to threaten the prospects for peace in South Sudan, as well as the economic future of the country for its citizens. If those spoilers benefiting financially and politically from the continuation of the conflict are not countered, the peace agreement will remain imperiled...

 

Follow the jump for a link to the full report.

december 1st, 2015

Report: "Kleptocracy in Khartoum: Self-Enrichment by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party"

The 26 years of rule by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) regime in Khartoum have been marked by extraordinary levels of graft, corruption, cronyism, and outright theft of national wealth. The regime has adapted to changing circumstances with remarkable skill...

 

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november 24th, 2015

Study Calls for More Effective Use of Natural Resource Sanctions by UN

A new study by the NGO Security Council Report calls for “more effective use of natural resource sanctions” by the United Nations.

 

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