'Open Memorandum: Elements of a Possible Peace Deal in Sudan' by George Clooney and John Prendergast

What would easily be the world’s deadliest war in 2011 could erupt in Sudan around the coming January 9 referenda on self-determination for oil-rich Southern Sudan and Abyei.

But this doesn’t have to happen. War is not inevitable.

Sudan Peace Watch – Nov 4, 2010

Intensive diplomatic efforts continued around the final steps in Sudan’s peace agreement and on North-South arrangements should Sudan choose to split into two, facilitated by African Union High-Level Implementation Panel Chair Thabo Mbeki and with major U.S. involvement. Meanwhile the preparations for the Southern self-determination referendum face daunting logistical challenges. Even as the Sudanese Presidency issued a joint statement declaring “there will be no war,” the parties traded accusations of violating the peace agreement along the North-South border.

Sudan Peace Watch - Oct 13, 2010

With less than 100 days until Sudan’s scheduled referenda for southern self-determination and Abyei, Sudan is at risk of renewed war, with dire consequences for civilians. The Enough Project is introducing a new feature, the Sudan Peace Watch. In these regular updates, Enough’s team of researchers and policy analysts will provide in-depth coverage of developments around the key benchmarks and potential flashpoints in the run-up to the referenda and beyond.

Avoiding the Train Wreck in Sudan: U.S. Leverage for Peace

The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars has released a paper entitled, “Avoiding the Train Wreck in Sudan: U.S. Leverage for Peace,” as part of a two-piece publication examining international engagement in Sudan.

The Razing: Intentional Burning at el-Feid, Nuba Mountains

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed that at least 356 structures in the town of el-Feid, located in the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan State, Sudan, have been razed. There is evidence that an area in Um Barmbita has also been burned, but no visible structures appear to have been destroyed. SSP cannot confirm based on the imagery collected whether the scorched area in Um Barmbita was intentionally burned. There is evidence of scorching at several points between and around the two communities, which are an estimated 15 to 20 kilometers apart.

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