"Neighborhood Watch: Mobilizing Regional Action for Peace in South Sudan" is the first in the Enough Project's new series of in-depth, field research-driven reports on the dynamics of profit and power fueling war in the Horn, East and Central Africa. Violent kleptocracies dominate the political landscape of this region, leading to protracted conflicts marked by the commission of mass atrocities by state and non-state actors. Enough's Political Economy of African Wars series will focus on the key players in these conflicts, their motivations, how they benefit from the evolving war economies, and what policies might be most effective in changing the calculations of those orchestrating the violence–including both incentives and pressures for peace.
Recent political shifts in the Persian Gulf could benefit the ruling elite in economically isolated and politically ostracized Sudan, according to a new Enough Project report by Senior Advisor Omer Ismail. The report outlines Sudan’s growing economic dependence on Persian Gulf countries, posits that they now have more leverage to press the NCP on political reforms and compromises for peace, and suggests that American policymakers should use these relationships to encourage greater constructive engagement from Sudan.Read More »
On May 15, South Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng began “a hunger strike for South Sudan”. In addition to fasting and protesting outside the White House for the past 6 days, Deng has released an open letter to President Barack Obama calling on the U.S. government to play a more active role in supporting peace in South Sudan. Read More »
Partner organization i-ACT has launched the "RESTORE 2100" (calories) campaign and published their Refugee Rations Report in response to cuts to food rations for Sudanese refugees living in eastern Chad. In 2014, food rations were cut from the World Food Program-recommended 2,100 calories per person, per day to approximately 800 calories per person, per day, which is having dramatic effects on the lives of the refugees. Read More »
Yesterday, in an historic election, Nigeria had its first peaceful and democratic power transfer. This month, Africa will see another election, in President Omar al Bashir's Sudan. Unfortunately, there, elections don't necessarily mean choice. Given current restrictions on civil society organizations, some fear that if the elections proceed on April 13th, they will only intensify the conflict and worsen the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. Read More »
In this 101, Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar answers 5 questions about the GHRAVITY Executive Order (Grave Human Rights Abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria Via Information Technology) and how it can be expanded to allow the U.S. to target the middle men and enablers of atrocities in Sudan. Read More »
Ohio University student and STAND Campaigns Coordinator Luke Kubacki reflects on his experience at the Lemkin Summit: A National Gathering of the Next Generation of Human Rights Defenders in February 2015. Read More »
On March 4, John Prendergast testified before Congress at a hearing held by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission: “Human Rights Violations in Sudan,” about the need to create leverage over the government of Khartoum to support human rights in Sudan. Read More »