Op-Ed / / 06.06.18

The Daily Beast Op-ed: Congo’s Looting and Killing Machine Moves Into High Gear

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Daily Beast and was written by The Sentry Co-founder John Prendergast. KYANGWALI REFUGEE CAMP, Uganda—“What I left behind is so precious, so much more important than what I am left with here,” said the 37-year-old Congolese refugee we’ll call Edward. “When I arrived in the refugee camp, I […]

Op-Ed / / 03.14.18

Foreign Affairs Op-ed: The Key to Making Peace in Africa

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Foreign Affairs and was written by The Sentry Co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. In December 2013, competing factions of South Sudan’s ruling party plunged the country into a horrific civil war as they fought over the spoils of the world’s newest state. Now in its fourth year, the conflict […]

Op-Ed / / 03.01.18

U.S. News & World Report Op-ed: Don’t Remove Sudan from the Terrorism List

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in U.S. News & World Report and was written by The Sentry Co-founder and Enough Project Founding Director, John Prendergast. After removing long-standing comprehensive sanctions against the government of Sudan, the United States is considering next steps on the path to full normalization of relations, driven by the U.S. intelligence community’s […]

Op-Ed / / 01.10.18

The Hill Op-ed: Sudan’s New Cold War Gambit

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill and was written by John Prendergast, The Sentry Co-founder and Enough Project Founding Director, and Omer Ismail, Enough Project Senior Policy Advisor. In an unexpected move at the end of last year, Sudan’s President Omar Bashir traveled to Russia and appealed to President Vladimir Putin for protection from the United […]

Op-Ed / / 10.13.17

Foreign Affairs Op-ed: A Worsening Crisis in Congo

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Foreign Affairs and was written by John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry, and Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project. For the last two decades, fighting has plagued the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in 5.4 million deaths, rampant corruption, and one of the highest rates of […]

Op-Ed / / 08.30.17

Le Monde Tribune : Soudan du Sud : « Les profiteurs de guerre doivent payer le prix fort »

Selon le chercheur Ruben de Koning, il faut prendre des mesures contre les entreprises, les banques et les Etats qui permettent aux responsables de violences de s’enrichir. Malek Reuben Riak, puissant général sud-soudanais, est impliqué dans la planification et l’exécution d’une des opérations militaires les plus violentes de la guerre civile actuelle – c’est son travail quotidien. […]

Op-Ed / / 07.06.17

TIME Op-ed: An American Lobbying Firm is Helping Sudan’s Vile Regime

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in TIME and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. Earlier this summer, K Street law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs inked a contract with the Sudanese government aimed at removing U.S. sanctions on that regime. The firm will be paid $40,000 a month by a government that’s on the U.S. […]

Op-Ed / / 05.25.17

Wall Street Journal Op-ed: Let the Private Sector Help Tackle the Migration Crisis

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal and was written by The Sentry’s co-founder George Clooney. As the most powerful leaders in the world gather in Sicily this week for the annual Group of Seven Summit, they will address today’s most pressing challenges. The list is daunting—terrorism, famine, geopolitical instability and uncontrolled immigration, to name a […]

Op-Ed / / 03.22.17

Daily Beast: Corrupt Leaders Thrust South Sudan Into Famine and Abject Ruin

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Daily Beast and was written by The Sentry co-founder John Prendergast. A legacy of corruption and violence has finally caught up to South Sudan, the world’s newest country, as the United Nations has declared a full-blown famine, a rare designation not made for any part of the world since 2011. Multiple UN […]

Op-Ed / / 03.09.17

Washington Post: South Sudan’s Government-made Famine

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Post and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. Official, U.N.-declared famines are a rare phenomenon. The last one worldwide was six years ago, in Somalia. Famines are declared officially when people have already begun to starve to death. It is the diplomatic equivalent of […]

Op-Ed / / 02.20.17

Guardian: British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Guardian and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. Almost a year ago, the UK government convened a global summit to commit to fighting corruption. The final communiqué from the governments involved summed up their historic intentions: “We want to send a clear signal to the […]

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. Tackling corruption is the key to peace in South Sudan and beyond, argue George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founders of The Sentry.   The world’s newest country, South Sudan, could have been holding its first free […]

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 […]