Op-Ed / / 02.28.22

Foreign Policy Op-ed: Targeted Sanctions Can Help Restore Democracy in Sudan

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Foreign Policy and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Targeted Sanctions Can Help Restore Democracy in Sudan

Focusing on key military leaders and their networks can force the regime to change course.
The struggle is on for Sudan’s future, and the outcome of the current strife between the kleptocratic military and the resilient protest movement in the streets will have consequences far beyond the Horn of Africa for the United States, its allies, and its adversaries. Russia held talks in Moscow with senior Sudanese military officials as Russian troops were invading Ukraine, and is suspected of involvement in the military coup in Khartoum in October. Egypt and Persian Gulf countries are reluctant to risk short-term stability to support a democratic transition in their neighborhood. China wants a business partner.

Though Europe supports a democratic transition, it does not want hundreds of thousands of new migrants heading north; Sudanese regime leaders have suggested this will happen if the international community does not support the military-led government….

Read the full op-ed in Foreign Affairs.