Blog / / 05.14.20

New FATF Report Highlights UAE’s Anti-Money Laundering Framework Shortcomings, Including in the Gold Trade

By Megha Swamy and Sasha Lezhnev The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recently released its report evaluating anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) measures in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The report finds that the sectors most vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing risks are banking, money or value transfer services (MVTS), dealers in precious metals […]

Blog / / 04.03.20

The Sentry Makes Submission to United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights on the Links Between Corruption, Business and Human Rights

Last month The Sentry made a submission to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (also known as Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises) as part of its inquiry into corruption, business and human rights. The Working Group is mandated to promote the effective […]

Blog / / 03.18.20

The Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities Turns Five

2020 marked the fifth year of the Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities. The Sentry’s annual Summit, hosted and co-sponsored by American University’s Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights Program, brought together 150 activists and student leaders seeking to combat genocide and mass atrocities. Representing 48 colleges and universities, 9 high schools, and 19 […]

Blog / / 12.11.19

Solutions to Conflict Gold Smuggling from Venezuela, Congo, and Beyond: Event at the Atlantic Council

Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, participated in a panel discussion at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on December 10 titled “Venezuelan illegal mining: Transnational crime, displacement, and violence.” The panel discussed illicit mining and gold trading in Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries, with […]

Blog / / 12.10.19

Enough’s Sasha Lezhnev Briefs UN Security Council on Central Africa: Preventing Conflict by Focusing on Financial Issues

On December 6, Enough Project Deputy Director of Policy Sasha Lezhnev briefed the United Nations Security Council on conflict prevention in Central Africa, emphasizing the need for the Council and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) to focus strategically on the financial aspect of crises in the region. Read the highlights from […]

Blog / / 12.09.19

Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok Recognizes the Role of Darfur Activist Movement

In 2004, a coalition of religious, political, and humanitarian organizations came together to address disturbing reports of atrocities that began emerging from Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003. For years, they raised awareness and advocated for international action to support the Sudanese people’s quest for peace and an end to the brutal regime headed […]

Blog / / 12.09.19

رئيس الوزراء السوداني حمدوك يثمن دور حركة النشطاء حول احداث دارفور

في عام 2004، اجتمع تحالف من المنظمات الدينية والسياسية والإنسانية للتصدي للتقارير المثيرة للقلق التي بدات في الورود  بشأن الأعمال الوحشية  الجارية بمنطقة دارفور بغرب السودان منذ عام 2003. وعلى مدى عدة سنوات، قامت تلك المنظمات برفع مستوى الوعي ونادت باتخاذ إجراءات دولية لدعم سعي الشعب السوداني من أجل تحقيق السلام ووضع حد للنظام االعنيف […]

Blog / / 11.22.19

Sanctions Strategies: How to Improve Sanctions Effectiveness with Strategic Planning

This blog post was written by Hilary Mossberg, The Sentry’s anti-money laundering expert for Africa and the author of the recent report measuring the effectiveness of sanctions in Africa. She has over a decade of experience in illicit finance and national security and was formerly a senior advisor for terrorist financing and financial crimes at […]

Blog / / 11.12.19

Important But Hidden News: Key IMF Loan to Congo Contingent on Anti-Corruption Reforms

This blog post was written by Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project. An important but under-reported piece of news on the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last few months is the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) decision not to provide a loan to the country until the Congolese government enacts key […]

Blog / / 11.07.19

Congo Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Sentenced to Harshest Ever Term by ICC. His Backers Should Also Be Held Accountable.

This blog post was written by Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project. Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, also known as the “The Terminator,” to its harshest ever punishment: 30 years in prison. This is an appropriately strong sentence for someone who is responsible for a litany of […]

Blog / / 10.03.19

Sigal Mandelker Steps Down as U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

The U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, has decided to step down from her position and return to the private sector. As Under Secretary, Ms. Mandelker was charged with developing and implementing U.S. government strategies to combat terrorist financing and money laundering, as well as other policies and programs to […]

Blog / / 07.05.19

The Sentry at the UN Global Expert Group Meeting on Corruption Involving Vast Quantities of Assets

The United Nations Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Corruption involving Vast Quantities of Assets in Norway discussed the outcome of the Lima Expert Group Meeting and analysed in more detail the various drivers and enablers of corruption involving vast quantities of assets, in order to adopt forward looking policy proposals, principles or recommendations to better prevent and […]

Blog / / 07.05.19

John Prendergast’s Remarks at FATF Private Sector Consultative Forum, Vienna, 6-7 May 2019

Vienna, 7 May 2019 – The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) held its annual Private Sector Consultative Forum on 6-7 May 2019 in Vienna, Austria, hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The meeting was chaired by the President of the FATF, Marshall Billingslea from the United States. Over 300 private sector […]

Blog / / 06.11.19

Autocracies and the UK: The UK Foreign Affairs Committee Publishes Expert Evidence from The Sentry

Last month, the UK Foreign Affairs Committee published written evidence submitted by The Sentry as part of its recently launched inquiry into “Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy.” Similar to Congressional oversight over the executive branch in the United States, all parts of the British government have committee oversight. The Foreign Affairs Committee in particular is […]

Blog / / 04.30.19

Sigal Mandelker Provides Keynote at 2019 Days of Remembrance Ceremony

At the 2019 Days of Remembrance Ceremony, which was established by the U.S. Congress as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker provided the keynote address sharing her personal story and highlighting the role of the Treasury Department and its financial tools of pressure in combating mass atrocities throughout […]

Blog / / 03.20.19

Not On Our Watch and The Sentry have merged

Not On Our Watch – the organization founded by George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and the late Jerry Weintraub – helped co-found The Sentry a few years ago, along with the Enough Project. Because the primary work of NOOW was providing support for The Sentry, the board of directors – including George, Don, […]

Blog / / 03.20.19

Safeguards to Peace in South Sudan

The Enough Project’s new report, “Safeguards to Peace: Steps toward Economic Governance in South Sudan,” published today, surveys how South Sudan’s violent kleptocracy threatens the implementation of the peace agreement. Because financial motives drive so much of the recurring conflict in South Sudan, the new report assesses how economic safeguards can help to break this cycle. […]

Blog / / 02.21.19

Diplomats and Protesters Face Off at Washington’s Luxury Willard Hotel

On the night of January 23, 2019, Sudanese diplomats gathered at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., as the Sudanese Embassy hosted a celebration marking the 63rd anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain and Egypt. Also gathered outside were at least 200 protesters, mostly from the Sudanese diaspora, demonstrating against the event. The protesters […]

Blog / / 02.13.19

New Enough Project Report Details South Sudan’s System of Violent Kleptocracy

The Enough Project released a new report today, “A Hijacked State: Violent Kleptocracy in South Sudan.” Authored by Brian Adeba and the Enough Project team, the report gives an overview of how the state has been hijacked in South Sudan by regime leaders and their international collaborators, and how the looting of state coffers and […]

Blog / / 11.06.18

New Report Mapping the Web of Armed Groups in the Central African Republic

The conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) appears to have no end in sight, and the country is sinking into a structural crisis. Despite the more than $3.2 billion spent by the United Nations on peacekeeping since 2014, entire communities continue to be regularly targeted in carefully orchestrated military operations by armed groups. Not […]