Issue 12: September 2009 SGN Blog

Avoiding Total War in Sudan

The Urgent Need for a Different U.S. Strategy

John Prendergast of the Enough Project and Sudan Now have released an open letter to the Obama Administration as part of a series that outlines practical steps for peace in the Sudan.

The Obama administration has almost completed its policy review on Sudan. There is, however, a major problem with the administration’s emerging policy: while an internal U.S. government agreement on tactical pressures and incentives has been reached, the broader diplomatic strategy through which these pressures and incentives will be enforced is fundamentally flawed.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

Said Enough Co-founder John Prendergast, “To avert a plunge to full-scale national war in Sudan, the Obama administration must alter its diplomatic strategy in both the South and in Darfur. In the South, the U.S. should work to develop costs for the ruling National Congress Party’s provision of support to ethnic-based militias and deliberate obstruction of the implementation of the CPA. In Darfur, the U.S. should lay down a peace proposal that addresses the core issues of displaced and refugee Darfuri populations, and work to get the parties on board. Only when the diplomatic strategy is right will the new Obama policy framework have any chance for success.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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