February 2012

Enough Report: The International Contact Group and Steps Towards Stability in the Great Lakes

This coming Thursday and Friday Washington, D.C., will host the latest meeting of the International Contact Group on the Great Lakes region. A new Enough Project report, “The International Contact Group and Steps Towards Stability in the Great Lakes” by Enough Policy Analysts Ashley Benner and Aaron Hall, presents key policy recommendations that the contact group should adopt to further promote peace, development, security, and economic diversification in the Great Lakes.  Read More »

Somalia: Challenges to Dictatorship through Black Hawk Down, 1976-1990s

This week's post in the series Enough 101 looks at the history of Somalia from dictator Mohammed Siad Barre's rule to the end of Western military engagement in the early 1990s, building off of last week's post that covered colonialism to independence to dictatorship from 1840 to 1976.  Read More »

Still Counting the Dead in South Sudan’s Jonglei Conflict

The long-standing Lou Nuer-Murle feud in Jonglei state claimed the lives of a large number of civilians when some 6,000 Lou Nuer youth attacked the rival Murle in Pibor town at the end of December and early January. United Nations officials in the country cannot provide the exact number of people killed, but the U.N. estimates that 140,000 people were affected by the violence.

Some 70 Murle and 88 Lou Nuer are housed at the Juba Teaching Hospital, undergoing treatement. These patients, among the most severely injured, are a stark reminder of the challenges the new South Sudanese nation faces.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday (or on occasion, on Saturday).  Read More »

Sudan Army Targets School in Latest Attack on Civilians

On February 1, Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, bombed a school in the village of Heiban in South Kordofan on the first day of classes. Eyewitnesses report that eight bombs were dropped and two landed inside the school compound destroying two buildings. No injuries were reported, even though the school was full of students, an outcome the church group that built and supports the school called “a miracle.”  Read More »

U.N. Humanitarian Chief in Jonglei, South Sudan: 'It’s a Terrible Situation'

The U.N.’s top humanitarian official, Valerie Amos, visited some scenes of the recent bloodshed in South Sudan yesterday and expressed concern about what she said is a deepening humanitarian crisis. Amos’ four-day visit to South Sudan comes on the heels of inter-tribal clashes in Jonglei state where about 140,000 people have been affected by the fighting.  Read More »

South Sudan President Calls for Comprehensive Approach to Outstanding North-South Issues

On Thursday, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir issued a press statement outlining the reasons why the government of the Republic of South Sudan, or RSS, recently rejected a deal ostensibly designed to avoid the complete shutdown of oil production in South Sudan. Kiir further stressed that lasting peace between Sudan and South Sudan will not be found in an agreement concerning oil alone, but, rather, must be built atop resolutions to outstanding issues related to the disputed Abyei area and the North-South border, in addition to the economic and oil concerns that have recently stalled negotiations between Sudan and the RSS.  Read More »

GOP Frontrunner Romney Breaks Silence on U.S.-Sudan Policy Plans

With primary season well underway, a hardened pack of Republican presidential hopefuls has been in the spotlight for months debating everything from health care reform to moon colonies. Despite the wide range of topics bouncing around the various discussion forums, the acute humanitarian crises in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan is something the candidates have not felt compelled to comment on. However, Mitt Romney, the current frontrunners, has recently taken the initiative to respond to a questionnaire sent out to all the candidates by the advocacy group Act for Sudan at the beginning of December.  Read More »

Enough Report: Ensuring Success in Ending the War with the LRA

The Enough Project’s latest report, “Ensuring Success: Four Steps Beyond U.S. troops to End the War with the LRA,” outlines a comprehensive strategy for helping U.S. and African Union, or A.U., forces end the LRA and bring reconciliation to affected communities. Based on interviews in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Washington, D.C., in December and January, this military and civilian focused approach is comprised of four specific strategies known collectively as TTID: increased special forces troop contributions, robust transportation options, enhanced intelligence capabilities, and renewed commitment to promoting the defections of LRA commanders and rank-and-file fighters.  Read More »

CNN, Al Jazeera Broadcasts Feature Enough Project Sudan Team

Curious to see and hear the analysts working on Enough’s policy on South Sudan and Sudan? CNN and Al Jazeera recently featured Jenn Christian and Amanda Hsiao, two of Enough’s Sudan researchers, in prominent news broadcasts.  Read More »