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february 2nd, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Voices for war and peace in South Sudan"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.

 

Alice (not her real name) was living in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, when war erupted in December 2013. As soldiers went from house to house shooting anyone they found, she witnessed the killing of seven of her relatives and her pastor. Her pastor had been gathering people together to try to protect them. But when the soldiers found him, they shot him and poured beer on him.

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december 10th, 2015

Testimony of Board Member John Prendergast - Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership

Testimony of John Prendergast, Not On Our Watch board member, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on “Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership”, given on December 10, 2015.

 

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the committee, I’m grateful for the opportunity to testify about South Sudan at such a critical fork in the road for the youngest nation in the world. Working with the executive branch and through your actions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the opportunity to help this new country change course and make progress on implementing the hard-won peace agreement that was signed back in August. If these efforts fail, South Sudan will likely be plunged back into a full-scale civil war that surely would be – based on past experience – one of the world’s deadliest.

 

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last updated november 22nd, 2017

november 22nd, 2017

Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Africa trip: ‘Mission Possible’ for fixing peacemaking model


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


The region of the world U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is traveling to this week isn’t in the headlines very often, but it has been one of the most dangerous neighborhoods globally for decades. Ambassador Haley will visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of the deadliest region in the world since the Second World War.

november 16th, 2017

New Report – Demand the Supply: Ranking Consumer Electronics and Jewelry Retail Companies on their Efforts to Develop Conflict-Free Minerals Supply Chains from Congo

Note: This blog originally appeared on enoughproject.org.


Today, Enough released its latest company rankings report. The report, “Demand the Supply: Ranking Consumer Electronics and Jewelry Retail Companies on their Efforts to Develop Conflict-Free Minerals Supply Chains from Congo,” by Advocacy Manager Annie Callaway, examines what 20 of the largest companies in the world are doing to source conflict-free minerals and support peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

november 9th, 2017

New Report: Ominous Threats Descending on Darfur

Note: This blog originally appeared on enoughproject.org and contains excerpts from the report “Ominous Threats Descending on Darfur.”


In this report, Enough Project Senior Advisor Dr. Suliman Baldo, analyzes tensions and dynamics surrounding the mandatory weapons collection and unlicensed vehicle regularization/ confiscation campaign that is currently underway in the five Darfur and three Kordofan federal states in Sudan.These tensions are rooted in the Sudanese government’s years of divide-and-rule tactics, and the tensions have grown with an uneven and ill-conceived government disarmament campaign that selectively targets regime opponents and privileges regime allies instead of applying equally to everyone. The campaign prioritizes narrow security interests and regime political survival considerations rather than seeking comprehensive solutions that would end the violence and bring back social peace to regions affected by the proliferation of arms in the hands of primarily paramilitaries and government-sponsored tribal militias. A war of words and a series of defiant statements involving warlord Musa Hilal and Second Vice President Hassabo Abdelrahman have exacerbated the situation and prompted what Dr. Baldo describes as “a volatile, high-stakes armed standoff that could dramatically alter the balance of power of a resource-rich region.” Rival leaders are aligned with powerful armed groups whose internal rivalries threaten to inflict further harm on Darfur’s marginalized population. If the crisis is not managed, there is a risk of what Dr. Baldo describes as “large-scale fratricidal bloodshed.”

october 25th, 2017

Ambassador Haley’s Visit to South Sudan and Congo

Note: This blog originally appeared on enoughproject.org.

 

During her trip to Africa this week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is traveling to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both South Sudan and Congo are regions of focus for the Enough Project and its recent work has put forth a number of recommendations that U.S. policymakers can implement.

october 23rd, 2017

A Nobel Laureate, an Indicted War Criminal, and What They Have in Common

Note: This blog originally appeared on enoughproject.org.

 

The international community has bestowed very different labels on Aung San Suu Kyi and Omar al-Bashir: Burma’s de facto leader is a Nobel Laureate, while Sudan’s head of state is an indictee of the International Criminal Court. Today, however, as they both face worldwide condemnation, the United States is on the dangerous path to lose leverage to influence either.

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