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last update: july 14th, 2017

june 15th, 2017

Yes, We Have Leverage: A Playbook for Immediate and Long-Term Financial Pressures to Address Violent Kleptocracies in East and Central Africa

 

Note: This policy brief was first published on the Enough Project website.

 

“We have no leverage.” “All of this leader’s money is parked elsewhere in Africa, in Dubai, or Europe.” “Sanctions do not work.”

These are just a few of the views one often hears from observers of crises in Africa and, more worryingly, senior U.S. and foreign diplomats assigned to try to resolve them. Through the Enough Project’s engagement with these officials, my colleagues and I regularly encounter such opinions. It is increasingly clear to us that there is a broad lack of familiarity with the array of tools that policymakers have at their disposal to address seemingly intractable conflicts or murderous warlords. These tools have not been a consistent part of the policy discussion concerning how to resolve crises, or when they have, the institutional barriers to action have been too high. So it is no wonder those tools are often used improperly, ineffectively, or not at all.

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july 6th, 2017

George Clooney and John Prendergast: An American Lobbying Firm Is Helping Sudan's Vile Regime

 

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in TIME and was written by The Sentry's co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast.

 

Earlier this summer, K Street law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs inked a contract with the Sudanese government aimed at removing U.S. sanctions on that regime. The firm will be paid $40,000 a month by a government that’s on the U.S. state sponsors of terror list, with a head of state, Omar al-Bashir, wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court.

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last updated november 6th, 2018

november 6th, 2018

Splintered Warfare II

The proliferation of politico-military groups and various armed factions in the Central African Republic, along with the transnational trafficking of weapons and natural resources, presents high stakes for the entire Central African region.

october 25th, 2018

This Terror Sponsor Just Got Into the U.S. on a Diplomatic Passport

 

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Daily Beast and was written by John Prendergast.

To head its embassy in Washington, Sudan sent General Mohamed Atta, the former chief of the notorious National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), who has arrived with no fanfare in Washington to embark on this new assignment.

His entrance was quiet for a reason.

october 24th, 2018

Banking on War

Note: This report was published by The Sentry.

South Sudan’s banks should be apolitical engines of the South Sudanese economy, catalyzing business investment. Instead, some of these banks are corrupted institutions used by the political elite to transfer ill-gotten gains abroad at the expense of providing capital and facilitating trade for the millions of South Sudanese suffering from five years of war. 

october 15th, 2018

“The Profiteers”: Documentary Shines New Light on South Sudan’s Neighbors’ Role in the Conflict

A new investigative documentary produced by Africa Uncensored—which, in part, features findings of investigations conducted by The Sentry—explores the linkages between South Sudan’s civil war and the operations of business people, financial institutions, and government and military officials in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

september 25th, 2018

The Last U.S.-Brokered Peace in Africa

 

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in AllAfrica, and was written by John Prendergast.

This month, Ethiopia reopened its embassy in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, capping a series of historic diplomatic breakthroughs between the neighboring countries, after nearly two decades of hostilities.

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