What To Do About Sudan Now


As milestone after milestone is missed on the road to Sudan's 2010 election cycle, Enough experts try to answer the question: What's next for Sudan now?

"The Obama administration must recognize that the NCP has effectively driven the disputes over thereferendum law, thrown up obstacles and unreasonable demands, and skillfully manipulated the process in order to inflame internal SPLM dispute."

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One month after the release of the Obama administration’s Sudan policy, the situation has further deteriorated. Violence against civilians continues unabated in Darfur and in southern Sudan, and the ruling National Congress Party, or NCP, continues to act in bad faith and undermine lasting peace in Sudan. In Darfur, relief organizations clearly do not have access to large areas of Darfur, and those that do have access to vulnerable populations no longer publicize their assessments for fear of expulsion. The NCP is blocking the establishment of conditions for free and fair elections and seeks to undermine a self-determination referendum scheduled for 2011. Intercommunal violence in southern Sudan is increasing, with growing evidence that Khartoum’s divide and destroy policies are partly to blame.

At the core of the administration’s new Sudan policy is a set of confidential benchmarks that the United States will use to evaluate progress toward peace. If the Obama administration is serious about this strategy, it is clear that the NCP’s actions regarding the delays should trigger an escalating set of multilateral consequences. The United States must firmly respond now by forging a coalition of nations willing to implement the multilateral pressures and consequences that will prevent full-scale war from breaking out again in Sudan.

Explore our interactive timeline of the elections in Sudan.