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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 september 12th, 2018

september 12th, 2018

In South Sudan, A Peace Deal Without Peace

 

Note: This op-ed originally appeared inThe Daily Beastand was written by John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and founding director of the Enough Project, and Brian Adeba, deputy director of policy at the Enough Project.

The peace deal signed today between the government ofSouth Sudanand armed opposition groups has significant shortcomings that could easily lead the country right back to full-scale war.

august 15th, 2018

South Sudanese General Travels to China Despite UN Travel Ban

 

Note: This blog was originally published on enoughproject.org.

Inquiries by The Sentryhave just revealedthatGeneral Gabriel Jok Riak,South Sudan’stop military commander,likelytraveled in violation of his UN travel ban. The Sentry has now been able to confirm that General Jok Riakdid not receive an official waiver from the UN when he visitedChina last month for the first China-Africa Defense & Security Forum.

august 10th, 2018

Sudan’s Ruling Party Removes Presidential Term Limits

 

Note: This blog was originally published on enoughproject.org.

On Thursday, the Consultative Council of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) took a key first step toward abolishing presidential term limits in Sudan, paving the way for a potential presidency without end for President Omar al-Bashir in advance of elections slated for 2020.

july 11th, 2018

As African Union Marks Anti-Corruption Day, Action is Needed to Counter Kleptocratic Networks

 

Note: This press release was originally published on enoughproject.org.

Today, the African Union marks the 2018 Anti-Corruption Day, an opportunity for the AU to show leadership to address the catastrophic role of corruption in the worst conflicts on the continent.

june 28th, 2018

From Central Africa to Australia: Following the Kleptocrats' Money

 

Note: This blog was originally published in Power 3.0, a blog run by the National Endowment for Democracy.

By Holly Dranginis and Debra LaPrevotte

As the former chief of staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, James Hoth Mai is a hardened military general who oversaw troops in one of themost violent armed conflictsin the world. But when law enforcement tracked him down, it was in a posh Melbourne suburb where Australian police moved to seize his family’s $1.5 million USD mansion. Hoth Mai’s official salary before leaving South Sudan was approximately $45,000 USD a year.

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