Op-Ed / / 12.24.16

Daily Beast: South Sudan Is on the Cusp of Genocide—It Can Be Stopped, If We Care

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Daily Beast and was written by The Sentry co-founder John Prendergast. It is a symbol of how broken the international response system is to genocide and mass atrocities that after nearly three years of fratricidal war, and more recently of flashing neon warnings by normally circumspect United Nations officials […]

Op-Ed / / 11.21.16

The Economist Op-ed: Stop the Cash, Stop the Conflict

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Economist and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. The world’s newest country, South Sudan, could have been holding its first free elections in 2017. Instead, it faces another year of strife. In the latest phase of the cyclical conflict that has plagued its people […]

Op-Ed / / 09.12.16

Washington Post Op-ed: Clooney and Prendergast: War crimes shouldn’t pay in South Sudan

By George Clooney and John Prendergast South Sudan’s leaders are perfecting the art of the diplomatic bait-and-switch while fighting over the spoils of a resource-rich state, destroying the world’s newest country in the process. The leaders agreed to a peace deal, but have implemented few of its provisions. They have agreed to a new judicial […]

Op-Ed / / 05.17.16

Newsweek Op-ed: Countering the Wizards of a Dystopian Oz

By John Prendergast The Panama Papers leak and the Global Anti-Corruption Summit convened in London last week by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron have focused attention on corruption and tax evasion, highlighting the extraordinary wealth being hidden to evade international regulation. Such belated attention is welcome, but will only matter if it leads to enforceable […]

Op-Ed / / 04.22.16

Daily Beast Op-ed: Dirty Money Fuels South Sudan’s War

By John Prendergast South Sudan’s principal rebel leader, Riek Machar, is finally going back to Juba and his post of vice president this week, giving a boost to hopes for peace after war has raged in the world’s newest country for over two years.  But his return to a country facing economic implosion and famine provides […]

Op-Ed / / 12.10.15

Daily Beast Op-ed: From FIFA to Sudan, Let’s Make the World Unsafe for Kleptocracy

By John Prendergast and J.R. Mailey The arrest of two FIFA officials last week in Switzerland was an important milestone for soccer’s governing body. The criminals who brought the organization to its knees are finally being removed and paying a price, paving the way for FIFA to begin rebuilding its tattered reputation and legitimacy. Over […]

Op-Ed / / 08.26.15

Daily Beast Op-ed: Saving South Sudan From Kleptocracy

By John Prendergast South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to […]

Op-Ed / / 08.10.15

Foreign Policy Op-ed: How to Destroy a War Economy

  By John Prendergast Throughout history, war may have been hell, but for small groups of conflict profiteers it has also been very lucrative. Today’s deadliest conflicts in Africa — such as those in Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo — are sustained by extraordinary opportunities for illicit self-enrichment […]

Op-Ed / / 07.21.15

TIME Op-Ed: President Obama Must Help Tackle Africa’s Hijacked States

By John Prendergast On July 23rd, President Obama will be visiting what has been the deadliest neighborhood in the world over the past twenty years. He’ll be touching down in the two most stable countries in the region, Kenya and Ethiopia. Though beset with human rights issues of their own, they are swimming in a […]

Op-Ed / South Sudan / 07.15.15

CNN Op-ed: Sanctions Threats Not Enough in South Sudan

by George Clooney, John Prendergast and Akshaya Kumar The scale of the crisis facing South Sudan is hard to comprehend — 2 million people have been displaced as the country has tumbled back into a greed-driven war that has also left almost half the population without enough food to eat. To stop the death spiral, […]