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NGOs to Secretary Kerry: More Pressure Needed on Kabila on Congo Elections

A coalition of U.S.-based NGOs and Congo experts sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for greater financial and other pressure on the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as incentives. The coalition is deeply concerned about the closing of political space and growing democratic crisis in Congo. The policy aims of these tools should be to help support Congo to hold timely elections in line with its constitution and end political repression.   Read More »

Would a UN Arms Embargo Work in South Sudan?

A recent article issued by the Small Arms Survey’s Human Security Baseline Assessment looks at a number of factors that the author, Luuk van de Vondervoort, argues would enable an effective arms embargo in South Sudan.   Read More »

New Report on Central African Republic: The Bangui Carousel

A new Enough Project report, The Bangui Carousel, documents the recycling of a small group of elites at the helm of the Central African Republic (CAR) government, and how groups and individuals benefit from this system at the expense of CAR’s citizens.  Read More »

The Unheard Voices of South Sudan: How The International Community Can Help Bring Peace

IDPs in Juba. July 2016.

This week, Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), swore in Taban Deng Gai as first vice president, replacing former Vice President Riek Machar. The move was denounced by Machar’s followers, and the Enough Project characterized Kiir’s action as a consolidation of power in violation of the peace agreement signed in August of last year.    Read More »

New Report: A Hope from Within? Countering the Intentional Destruction of Governance and Transparency in South Sudan

Today, the Enough Project released its latest report, “A Hope from Within? Countering the Intentional Destruction of Governance and Transparency in South Sudan” by Enough Project Associate Policy Director Brian Adeba, documenting why the reformation of key government institutions is critical to the survival of South Sudan.  Read More »

Sudan Tribune Op-ed: The Long History of Buying Loyalty to Neutralize Rivals in South Sudan

The replacement of South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar with Taban Deng is a well-tested policy that dates back to the 1980s that the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party has employed to purchase the loyalty of groups opposed to it. Following a shoot-out between the bodyguards of President Salva Kiir and Machar earlier this month, relations between both men worsened, culminating in an attack on the latter’s residence in the capital Juba. Machar fled the city and said he would only return if regional peacekeeping troops were allowed in the country to act as a buffer between the two forces.  Read More »

New Data on the LRA’s Threat to Civilians: The Resolve and Invisible Children Release LRA Crisis Tracker Midyear Security Brief

This week, Enough Project partners The Resolve and Invisible Children released the LRA Crisis Tracker Midyear 2016 Security Brief. The brief analyzes the latest data on attacks, abductions, and whereabouts of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) gathered over the first six months of 2016. Providing up-to-date data on LRA activities and abuses gathered from diverse sources including hand-held radio reporting from affected communities and open-source news outlets, the crisis tracker is a crucial tool for efforts to address the LRA’s threats and improve security for LRA-affected civilian communities in the region.  Read More »

Daily Beast Op-ed: Mandela or Mobutu Moment in South Sudan?

Just a day after South Sudan marked its fifth anniversary as the world's newest independent country, fierce fighting between rival factions has resumed, putting the already tenuous August 2015 peace deal in jeopardy. Hundreds are alleged to have been killed in the last few days, and thousands displaced.   Read More »

The Enough Project Remembers Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

The Enough Project deeply mourns the loss earlier this week of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and staunch human rights advocate who was an instrumental force in combating genocide and crimes against humanity in our world today.  Read More »

Foreign Affairs Op-ed: Congo's Kabila Problem

Congolese President Joseph Kabila

In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.  Read More »

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