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june 21st, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Congo's Kabila Problem"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in Foreign Affairs.


In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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april 24th, 2016

Board Member George Clooney to Present Inaugural Aurora Prize Today in Armenia

Update: the award event has concluded. You can watch the full recording at the livestream link; Clooney's remarks begin at the 2:08 mark.


Board members George Clooney and John Prendergast are in Yerevan, Armenia today, where Clooney will present the inaugural Aurora Prize, honoring an individual who puts her- or himself at risk to enable others to survive. The board members are likewise commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.



Click through for a link to the livestream of the award event (beginning @ 1pm EST), as well as the text of Clooney's remarks.

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last updated february 23rd, 2018

february 23rd, 2018

Don't Remove Sudan From the Terrorism List


Note: This op-ed originally appeared on U.S. News and was written by John Prendergast.


After removing long-standing comprehensive sanctions against the government of Sudan, the United States is considering next steps on the path to full normalization of relations, driven by the U.S. intelligence community's belief that such a development would enhance U.S.-Sudan intelligence cooperation. However, moving at this time towards normalization ignores critical developments and new circumstances that affect core U.S. national security interests.

february 5th, 2018

Enough Project Statement: Time for Serious Peace Negotiations in South Sudan

Note: This statement originally appeared on the Enough Project website.

As the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum kicks off today, the stakes have never been higher for South Sudan.

january 27th, 2018

30th African Union Summit: Spotlight on Corruption Welcome


The 30th Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union from January 28-29 will focus on: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.” Experts from the Enough Project and its investigative initiative, The Sentry, are available for comment and analysis.

january 10th, 2018

Sudan's new Cold War gambit


Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill and was written by John Prendergast and Omer Ismail.


In an unexpected move at the end of last year, Sudan’s President Omar Bashir traveled to Russia and appealed to President Vladimir Putin for protection from the United States. Strangely, this occurred only a month after the United States prematurely moved towards normalizing relations with the very abnormal government of Sudan by removing comprehensive sanctions on the country. Bashir purchased fighter jets from Russia and discussed with Putin the creation of a Russian military base on the Red Sea.

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.

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