September 2012

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Satellites Show the Battle for Control of the Northern Front of the Rebellion in Sudan

Gateway to the North,” a new report issued today by the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, documents the bombardment and destruction of a village in the Nuba Mountains region of war-torn South Kordofan, Sudan and shows the recent fortification of a new infantry garrison for the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF.  Read More »

Sudan, South Sudan Agree on Oil and Security Arrangements in Partial Deal

Sudan and South Sudan signed a deal today that will resume oil flow and create a demilitarized zone between the two countries. However, a resolution on Abyei and border disputes was not included in the deal.  Read More »

An Activist’s Guide to the SEC’s Final Ruling on Congo’s Conflict Minerals

On August 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, voted to adopt conflict minerals regulations that require companies to publicly disclose whether any of the minerals they use originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. If so, what steps they are taking to avoid sourcing from armed groups? The decision marked a major victory in the fight to end the trade in conflict minerals from eastern Congo—one that would not have happened without activist pressure on the SEC and the electronics industry. Our new guide for activists to the SEC’s ruling on conflict minerals explains what this vote means for companies, activists, and consumers.  Read More »

Striving to Meet the Goal of Universal, Quality Education in Africa

While significant progress has been made toward increasing enrollment in primary education globally, the number of children out of school in sub-Saharan Africa has risen over the past three years. Education inequality is particularly high among populations who have suffered from conflict and humanitarian crises, such as those living in refugee camps—the communities we are targeting through the activities of the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program.  Read More »

Enough Policy Brief: A Proposal for Moving Peace Talks Forward in Eastern Congo

In a new Enough Project policy brief published today, authors Aaron Hall and Sasha Lezhnev urged leaders attending tomorrow’s high-level meeting focused on the conflict in eastern Congo -- reignited with the emergence of the M23 rebellion earlier this year -- to use the U.N. General Assembly forum to launch a “revitalized peace process” with the gravitas to make an impact where current regional efforts are coming up short.  Read More »

Juba, Khartoum Close Gap on Security Arrangements, Divisive on Abyei

Four days into a presidential summit on a list of unresolved issues Juba and Khartoum appear close to a deal on security arrangements, in addition to a provisional financial deal the two sides agreed to in the last round. The two countries remain divided over the issue of Abyei, a contested border territory that was guaranteed a final status referendum under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.  Read More »

Global Post Op-ed: Ban Ki-moon’s Chance to Ignite Peace in Congo

Ban Ki-moon and Joseph Kabila

As global leaders meet in New York this week at the United Nations, pressing issues from a rising violent anti-American protests in the Middle East to rising sea levels in the arctic will be on the world’s table. But one often unknown and underserved humanitarian disaster is finally getting a look from the international community and from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, himself.  Read More »

Enough Proposes Draft U.N. Resolution: ‘Holding Sudan Accountable’

In a new publication released today, “Holding Sudan Accountable: A Draft U.N. Security Council Resolution,” Enough Project’s Jennifer Christian calls on the U.N. Security Council to take strong measures against the government of Sudan for its failure to permit international humanitarian aid into the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.  Read More »

Foreign Policy Op-ed: The Somali Spring

Buried beneath the grisly headlines from Somalia from the last few weeks was some unexpectedly good news: The newly appointed Somali parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to serve as the first post-transition head of state. This is a seismic event in Somalia -- but not for the reasons many observers presume, writes Enough Project senior fellow Ken Menkhaus for Foreign Policy.  Read More »