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last update: march 16th, 2018

march 14th, 2018

The Key to Making Peace in Africa: Fighting Corruption Can Help End Conflict

 

Note: This piece originally appeared in Foreign Affairs, and was written by George Clooney and John Prendergast.

In December 2013, competing factions of South Sudan’s ruling party plunged the country into a horrific civil war as they fought over the spoils of the world’s newest state. Now in its fourth year, the conflict has ravaged the economy, resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, brought hundreds of thousands to the brink of famine, and displaced more than four million people, making this Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. And yet, amid all the suffering, a small clique of government elites and their cronies inside and outside South Sudan have benefited financially from the fighting, siphoning off the country’s oil wealth and storing the money in their private bank accounts and in luxury real estate in neighboring countries.

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march 5th, 2018

Fueling Atrocities: Oil and War in South Sudan

 

Note: This brief was originally published on The Sentry.

 

South Sudan’s elite is using the country’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians, according to documents reviewed in an ongoing investigation by The Sentry.

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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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