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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 september 4th, 2015

september 4th, 2015

Inside Philanthropy: "Which Actor Is Targeting the Finance Flows Behind Africa's Wars?"

Inside Philanthropy profiles The Sentry.

 

When the atrocities of Darfur were exposed, George Clooney and his Ocean’s costars founded Not On Our Watch, with the mission to end humanitarian atrocities around the world. The actor has since supported a number of charities and charitable campaigns including the One Campaign, Realizing the Dream, and the International Rescue Committee. All in all, Clooney has supported at least 35 charities and public-private organizations around the world.

august 10th, 2015

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "How to Destroy a War Economy"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on Foreign Policy.

 

Throughout history, war may have been hell, but for small groups of conflict profiteers it has also been very lucrative. Today’s deadliest conflicts in Africa — such as those in Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo — are sustained by extraordinary opportunities for illicit self-enrichment that emerge in war economies, where there is a visible nexus between grand corruption and the instruments of mass atrocities. State armies and rebels use extreme violence to control natural resources, labor, and smuggling networks. Violence becomes self-financing from pillaging, natural resource looting, and the theft of state assets with connections that extend to New York, London, Dubai, and other global financial centers.

july 27th, 2015

Report: The Nexus of Corruption and Conflict in South Sudan

South Sudan was born amid great hope.The citizens of the world’s newest nation voted with one voice in support of independence for a country that boasted vast natural wealth.Goodwill from the international community brought significant international development assistance and the country was expected to quickly transition to self reliance, for the most part, on the basis of its own oil revenues. Instead, South Sudan has plunged into civil war, economic collapse, and creeping international isolation. The country’s elites have built a kleptocratic regime that controls all sectors of the economy, and have squandered a historic chance for the development of a functional state. These predatory economic networks play a central role in the current civil war, because much of the conflict is driven by elites attempting to re-negotiate their share of the politico-economic power balance through violence.

 

Follow the jump for a link to the full report.

july 21st, 2015

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "President Obama Must Help Tackle Africa’s Hijacked States"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on TIME.com.

 

On July 23rd, President Obama will be visiting what has been the deadliest neighborhood in the world over the past twenty years. He’ll be touching down in the two most stable countries in the region, Kenya and Ethiopia. Though beset with human rights issues of their own, they are swimming in a sea of extreme instability. The armies of Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic, along with a veritable alphabet soup of rebel groups and criminal militias, are the most visible manifestations of Africa’s biggest challenge: the nexus between massive corruption and violent conflict.

june 10th, 2015

Report: "Neighborhood Watch: Mobilizing Regional Action for Peace in South Sudan"

A new report released today, Neighborhood Watch: Mobilizing Regional Action for Peace in South Sudan, describes the competing political and economic interests of South Sudan’s neighbors that have so far undermined regional willingness to take action against the warring parties, including imposing targeted sanctions and an arms embargo.

 

Follow the link for the full report, as well as a link to an interactive, evolving timeline of South Sudan Sanctions and Sanctions Threats.

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