U.S. Policy

AllAfrica Op-ed: New Urgency to Talks With M23 Rebels

M23 rebels withdraw from eastern Congo town of Goma. Nov. 2012

There is a new urgency to the latest round of talks in Kampala between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and its foes in the M23 rebel group.  Read More »

Foreign Policy Op-ed and Photo Essay: Kony 2013

The park rangers, armed with AK-47s and swapping combat stories, suddenly fell quiet. The driver pulled off the dusty, red road and plunged into the savannah, plowing through tan grass tall enough to envelop our Land Cruiser.  Read More »

Obama's Africa Trip: A Renewed Commitment to US-African Relations

President Obama speaks to young African leaders in South Africa

President Obama’s speech at the University of Cape Town on June 30 was a highlight of his anticipated trip to Africa, demonstrating a renewed commitment to US-African relations on the part of the administration.  Read More »

Enough Project Applauds Rice's Ascendance as National Security Adviser

Date: 
Jul 1, 2013

ENOUGH PROJECT MEDIA ADVISORY

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Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org
+1-202-386-1618

Enough Project Applauds Rice's Ascendance as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON -- The Enough Project congratulates Ambassador Susan Rice, who assumed her new post as President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser on July 1. She faces deteriorating security situations in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as unique opportunities for peace in those countries.

Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast said:

“Ambassador Rice may not be the most conventional of diplomats, but she is relentless and thoughtful, infusing values and American interests at the core of her unceasing efforts to make a positive difference around the world. Having a firm grasp of U.S. interests in a rapidly evolving world in crucial for a National Security Adviser. My time on the National Security Council staff with Ambassador Rice in the Clinton administration was like a seminar in U.S. interests from an elite professor. Anyone who has worked with Rice would agree that she possesses strong ethical standards and works from a set of well-developed principles that guides her actions. Issues and crises will come and go, but having a deep well of character from which to draw is crucial in the role she is assuming."

Enough Project Executive Director John C. Bradshaw said:
 
"The Enough Project looks forward to working with National Security Adviser Rice on atrocity prevention and in this critical moment of opportunity for U.S. policy toward Sudan, South Sudan, the Congo, and other nations in Africa's Great Lakes region. Rice has the necessary experience and commitment to continue to elevate atrocity prevention as a national security and foreign policy priority. She should work to secure a comprehensive peace deal for Sudan with the goal of democratic transformation at its core. Sustained participation by opposition political parties, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, civil society, and youth in such a deal will level the playing field for a new Sudan.

"National Security Adviser Rice can bring much needed support to a peace process in Congo where the engagement of Uganda, Rwanda, and other Great Lakes countries will be critical to ending violence that has plagued Congo's people. Working together with Secretary of State Kerry, U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region Russ Feingold, and UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region Mary Robinson, Rice should work to ensure that Rwanda does not revert back to support to armed groups in the Congo as peace efforts gain traction." 

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#EP2TheHill: Enough Project Brings Human Rights Advocates to the Hill

Representative Jim McGovern at Act Against Atrocities Day (Enough Project).

More than 200 activists came together on June 10 for the Enough Project’s Act Against Atrocities Advocacy Day, in conjunction with One Million Bones .  Read More »

Ongoing Human Rights Abuses in Sudan: Prendergast Testifies Before Congress on the Sudans

John Prendergast

Ten years after the height of the genocide in Darfur, the humanitarian situation in Sudan remains dire. State-sponsored violence and human rights abuse run rampant throughout the country and an estimated 200,000 Darfuris have been displaced  since the beginning of 2013.  Read More »

Advocacy Groups, Congo Experts Applaud Appointment of Special Envoy Feingold

U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold

You did it. Senator Feingold is the new U.S. Special Envoy for Congo. On June 18, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the appointment of former Senator Russ Feingold as the new U.S. special envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.  Read More »

Politico Op-ed: A Move Toward Peace in Congo

Secretary of State John Kerry sent a powerful signal Tuesday to the people of war-torn eastern Congo by appointing former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) as the new U.S. special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region.  Read More »

Enough Project Applauds Kerry's Appointment of Feingold as Special Envoy

Date: 
Jun 18, 2013

Enough Project Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org
+1-202-386-1618

Enough Project Applauds Kerry's Appointment of Feingold as Special Envoy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced former U.S. Senator Russell "Russ" Feingold (D-WI), as the new U.S. special envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

The Enough Project welcomes the appointment of Russ Feingold as U.S. Special Envoy and looks forward to working with him in this critical moment of opportunity for U.S. policy toward Congo and the other nations in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

 Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast said:

“Special Envoy Feingold has a great opportunity to address the core regional drivers of violence and tension that impact so negatively on the people of the Congo. While making it clear that there will be serious consequences for any continuation of past Rwandan and Ugandan support to Congolese armed groups, he should support the development of investment initiatives that demonstrate the benefits of regional economic cooperation for all three countries. This is the crucial incentive for peace that has been missing from past initiatives.”

Enough Project Senior Policy Analyst Sasha Lezhnev said:

“Secretary Kerry is making a splash in Africa's Great Lakes region by appointing Feingold as special envoy. Feingold must now apply leverage and incentives to drive democratic reforms in Congo. He must work closely with U.N. envoy Mary Robinson to ensure that a peace process between Congo and its neighbors addresses security, economic, and refugee issues."

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org. 

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