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This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.
South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict. However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.
Today, Not On Our Watch with its partner The Enough Project announce the launch of The Sentry, a new initiative seeking to dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.
"Discontented young Sudanese are campaigning for change in what will be for many the first multi-party elections in their lifetime, urging the opposition to unite against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir."
"The U.S. envoy to the United Nations sharply criticized Khartoum on Monday over a U.N. report that accused the Sudanese army of harassing and threatening international peacekeepers in Darfur."
"Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is soon to release a statement reportedly offering constructive guidelines for a better future in Burma, her party spokesperson said."
"Four more students were arrested on Monday at Zimbabwe's Bindura University, in what appears to be an intensifying clampdown on student activists in the country."
"The United States Wednesday urged Asian nations to pressure Burma to hold free and fair elections next year, ahead of a historic summit involving President Barack Obama and the junta's premier."