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last update: july 13th, 2017

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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june 22nd, 2017

The July Deadline Won’t Work: Why the U.S. needs to delay the decision on Sudan sanctions

 

Note: This policy brief was published by the Enough Project.

 

As a July decision approaches on whether to permanently remove most sanctions on Sudan, the Trump administration should properly evaluate progress, or lack thereof, on each of the five tracks on which progress is required, and the administration should not privilege any single track over others. Enough’s view is that the evidence available concerning multiple tracks is inconclusive. Combined with the fact that key senior Trump administration officials responsible for Africa policy are not yet in place, this calls for a six-month delay on the decision, during which time the Trump administration should assign the additional staff needed to gather credible information and assess progress on each of the five tracks. While properly assessing progress on the five tracks, the Trump administration should also pivot to pursue a separate new track of engagement focused on advancing peace and human rights in Sudan.

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last updated august 29th, 2016

august 29th, 2016

New Report: "Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed"

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed" by Enough Project Advisor Suliman Baldo. The report describes the economic vulnerability of the Sudanese government, and why it opens a key window that gives the United States leverage to support a transition to peace in the country.

 

Click through for a link to the report.

august 26th, 2016

South Sudan’s Peace Agreement Faces Considerable Challenges on its First Anniversary

On August 26, 2015, the parties to the conflict in South Sudan signed a peace agreement. However, the first anniversary of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan finds the pact in a state of inertia as key planks remain unimplemented. Although it was continuously violated by the government and the armed opposition in the past year, the pact still held. The return of the SPLM-IO to Juba and the subsequent formation of the transitional government in April increased hopes that the government and the armed opposition were set on turning a new page.

august 12th, 2016

UN Security Council Votes ‘Yes’ on Intervention Force for South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council has just authorized an intervention force for South Sudan. The mandate of the force would prioritize the protection of civilians and act to bolster the tenuous peace process in the country.

 

Click for a link to comments, analysis, and interviews on this development, from NOOW partner The Enough Project.

august 11th, 2016

Would a UN Arms Embargo Work in South Sudan?

A recent article published by the Small Arms Survey’s Human Security Baseline Assessment looks at a number of factors that the author, Luuk van de Vondervoort, argues would enable an effective arms embargo in South Sudan.

 

Follow the jump for a link to the report.

july 29th, 2016

FinCEN Moves to Curb Real Estate-based Money Laundering Beyond Manhattan and Miami

On July 27, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that they are expanding the scope of the Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) issued earlier this year on real estate transactions to now include all New York City boroughs and select counties in Florida, California, and Texas.

 

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