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last update: july 14th, 2017

june 15th, 2017

Yes, We Have Leverage: A Playbook for Immediate and Long-Term Financial Pressures to Address Violent Kleptocracies in East and Central Africa

 

Note: This policy brief was first published on the Enough Project website.

 

“We have no leverage.” “All of this leader’s money is parked elsewhere in Africa, in Dubai, or Europe.” “Sanctions do not work.”

These are just a few of the views one often hears from observers of crises in Africa and, more worryingly, senior U.S. and foreign diplomats assigned to try to resolve them. Through the Enough Project’s engagement with these officials, my colleagues and I regularly encounter such opinions. It is increasingly clear to us that there is a broad lack of familiarity with the array of tools that policymakers have at their disposal to address seemingly intractable conflicts or murderous warlords. These tools have not been a consistent part of the policy discussion concerning how to resolve crises, or when they have, the institutional barriers to action have been too high. So it is no wonder those tools are often used improperly, ineffectively, or not at all.

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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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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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