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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 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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