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Cell Phones and Congo’s War Against Women

What in the world could a policy wonk have in common with a movie actress? As it turns out, a lot. Every day we both use electronic devices that wouldn't work without raw materials from a country halfway around the world in central Africa. That country, Congo, has been torn apart by the deadliest war since World War II, where 5.4 million have perished. Its war is fueled by our inexhaustible thirst for cell phones, laptops, video games, digital recorders and other products that owe their existence to Congo's contribution to the world's mineral supply.

by John Prendergast | Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama

book_alt2 icon Report The first in a series of letters to the next president from the ENOUGH project outlining a practical road map to end the crisis in Sudan.

by John Prendergast, John Norris, and Jerry Fowler | Thursday, November 6, 2008

China’s Deadly Investments

Tomorrow, China assumes the Presidency of the U.N. Security Council, a position that it last held in July 2007 when it led the authorization of a U.N. peacekeeping force for Darfur. At that time, Beijing appeared to be responding to a global campaign by activists, in advance of the Olympics, to shame China into using its influence to address human rights crises in locales in which it has significant economic investments. But China's actions have belied its rhetoric, and it has continued to protect its favorite deadly dictators in places like Darfur, Burma, and Zimbabwe. A revised strategy must put greater focus on China's wallet.

by John Prendergast and David Sullivan | Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sudan: Opportunity in the Midst of Crisis

book_alt2 icon Report The International Criminal Court's request for an indictment against against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir creates a new opening for peace, write John Prendergast and Colin Thomas-Jensen.

by John Prendergast and Colin Thomas-Jensen | Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Irresolution: The U.N. Security Council on Darfur

book_alt2 icon Report The U.N. Security Council has an opportunity to demand real change in Sudan, but history suggests they won't act in time.

by John Prendergast and David Sullivan | Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Merits of Justice

book_alt2 icon Report Holding people accountable for war crimes is not only the right thing to do from a moral perspective—it directly promotes peace and makes future abuses less likely.

by John Norris, David Sullivan, John Prendergast | Monday, July 14, 2008

Creating a Peace to Keep in Darfur

book_alt2 icon Report ENOUGH and the Save Darfur Coalition urge the U.S. government and the international community to take immediate steps to launch and sustain an all-encompassing peace process that addresses the local and national issues that are fueling this conflict.

by John Prendergast and Jerry Fowler | Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A New Peace Strategy for Northern Uganda and the LRA

book_alt2 icon Report Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony’s failure to sign a peace deal drove a nail into the coffin of the Juba peace process; this report outlines a new strategy.

by Julia Spiegel and John Prendergast | Thursday, May 8, 2008

Fifteen Years After Black Hawk Down: Somalia’s Chance?

book_alt2 icon Report Just as the Somali insurgency is intensifying, a possible window of opportunity has swung open in the form of a power-sharing agreement to end the war.

by John Prendergast | Thursday, April 24, 2008

Creating a Peace to Keep in Darfur

book_alt2 icon Report New report from ENOUGH and the Save Darfur Coalition details a process for ending the catastrophe in Darfur with a peace that will save lives.

by John Prendergast and Jerry Fowler | Thursday, March 27, 2008

R2P, The ICC, and Stopping Atrocities in the Real World

book_alt2 icon Report The U.N. “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine has the capacity to protect, but it can only work with significant political will.

by John Prendergast and Lisa Rogoff | Monday, March 3, 2008

Abeyi: Sudan’s “Kashmir”

book_alt2 icon Report This oil-rich region of Sudan is one of the most potent of tripwires in all of Sudan, write Roger Winter and John Prendergast.

by Roger Winter and John Prendergast | Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Diplomatic Surge for Northern Uganda

John Prendergast and Adam O'Brien argue that the time is ripe to pursue the conclusion of a swift deal with LRA leader Joseph Kony himself.

by John Prendergast and Adam O’Brien | Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Don’t Quit Now

book_alt2 icon Report Progress has been made, and with further effort, we have a real chance at ending the cycles of violence in Sudan, reports the ENOUGH project.

by John Prendergast, Julia Spiegel, Lisa Rogoff | Monday, December 3, 2007

A Strategy for Success in Sirte

book_alt2 icon Report New ENOUGH report says that the Darfur peace talks in Sirte, Libya can succeed with the right efforts from the international community.

by Colin Thomas-Jensen and John Prendergast | Monday, November 19, 2007