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last update: july 8th, 2016

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 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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