Annette LaRocco's blog


Annette LaRocco is a Research Assistant at the Enough Project. A native of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Annette has been interested in African policy since her time as a study abroad student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has a B.A. political science and English from Barnard College and an MSc in African studies (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford.


As a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford she studied African democratization and environmental policy, writing her master's dissertation about community-based natural resource management in rural Botswana. Before starting with Enough, Annette worked as a Barnard College Writing Fellow, a freelance researcher with Kaplan Publishing, and as the Clarendon Scholars Association's newsletter editor.

New Enough Policy Brief: Making Sense of the SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation

On August 22, 2012, following several delays, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, voted to adopt regulations regarding conflict minerals, as required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In a new policy brief, the Enough Project summarizes the SEC’s reporting requirements for companies and outlines key implications for the advocacy community.  Read More »

U.K., Netherlands Suspend Millions in Aid to Rwanda

Two major European donors have announced suspension or delay of aid disbursements to the government of Rwanda, marking the first financial indication that Rwanda may be losing some of its European allies. The Dutch government announced today its suspension of 5 million euros, or approximately $6.18 million, in aid to Rwanda. The United Kingdom has also decided to delay 16 million pounds, or approximately $25.16 million, originally earmarked for Kigali, pending a decision about whether Rwanda has met aid conditions.  Read More »

U.S. Cuts Funds to Rwanda Over Support to Congo’s M23 Rebellion

Over the weekend the U.S. State Department announced it was suspending $200,000 worth of Foreign Military Financing, or FMF, normally allocated to support a military academy in Rwanda. The suspension of aid is the first punitive action taken against Kigali since the allegations of support to the M23 rebellion in Congo surfaced in late June.  Read More »

New Field Dispatch Highlights Attacks on Civilians in Sudan’s Blue Nile State

In a new Sudan field dispatch, “Refugees Provide Details of Attacks in Isolated Blue Nile State,” the Enough field team documents accounts of refugees fleeing violence in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. Refugees recounted the brutality of Sudan’s military tactic of targeting civilians as well as shed light on the reasons for the influx of nearly 35,000 refugees into South Sudan’s Upper Nile state over a three-week period from late May to early June.  Read More »

Live-Stream “War and Protest in Sudan,” an Enough Project Panel Event

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Today the Enough Project is hosting a panel event, “War and Protest in Sudan: Implications for the Region a Year After South Sudan's Independence ” at our office in Washington, D.C., and live-streaming here. Join us for a discussion that will address the multiple and interconnected challenges facing both countries since independence and explore ways to build peace and security within and between the two Sudans.  Read More »

South Sudan’s Independence: Taking Stock One Year Later

A day after South Sudan marked its first birthday, this week’s post in the series Enough 101 offers an overview of the challenges the new country faces.  Read More »

NGO Coalition Urges Full Disclosure of Evidence Linking Rwanda to Congo’s Rebellion

The Enough Project joined a coalition of human rights organizations, which includes Open Society Foundation and Humanity United, urging the U.S. government to pressure the U.N. Security Council to release all of the U.N. Group of Expert’s most recent findings related to Congo. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the groups expressed concern that the publication of a crucial annex linking the government of Rwanda to the M23 mutiny in Congo was being postponed for political reasons.  Read More »

New Enough Report: As Rwanda Supports Rebellion in Congo, U.S. Must Re-evaluate its Policies Toward Kigali

In light of mounting evidence of the Rwandan government’s support of Bosco Ntaganda and the rebellious M23 movement, the U.S. government must critically re-evaluate its military and development aid and foreign policy strategy vis-à-vis Kigali and urge further high-level investigations into the alleged incidents of Rwandan interference.  Read More »

Sudan Envoys Past and Present Weigh In on Conflict, Talks between Two Sudans

Against the backdrop of a new round of talks between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa, the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C., held an event last week examining the many obstacles to peace between the two countries, with a focus on how the international community should engage. The speakers were well placed to offer tangible recommendations; in particular, it was an insightful opportunity to hear from U.S. special envoy to Sudan Ambassador Princeton Lyman about what he thinks are hampering the ongoing negotiations between Khartoum and Juba.  Read More »

Under Pressure to Welcome Bashir, Malawi Turns Down Privilege of Hosting A.U. Summit

Malawi is a small, land-locked country of about 16 million people that rarely plays a large role international politics. However, under its new leadership, Malawi is taking a stand for international justice. Malawi has refused to give in to the African Union’s demands and will not welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the A.U.’s annual summit, which was slated to take place in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe.  Read More »

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