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March 17th, 2015

Financing the Syrian Civil War

Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer

Syria’s civil war has now entered its fourth year with the civilian death toll rising by the day. According to estimates, over 200,000 people have died and millions have been displaced by the ongoing conflict. The UN estimates that more than 12.2 million Syrians are in urgent need of assistance. Despite these alarming facts, the international community has yet to step up and provide meaningful political assistance along with essential humanitarian aid. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 10th, 2015

IGAD Peace Talks Undermined by Leaked Draft of AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan

Solaye Snider, Blog Writer

While South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar struggle to negotiate the terms of a peace deal and unity government in Addis Ababa this week, a leaked draft of the African Union’s Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) threatens to further destabilize negotiations, casting doubt on their successful resolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 10th, 2015

South Sudan Peace Process Stymied by Lack of Commitment and Outside Intervention

Evan Gray, Blog Writer

This February saw the opening of yet another round in the ongoing peace talks between rival factions of South Sudan’s governing party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The two groups, led by President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been locked in a brutal conflict for control of the world’s newest nation since Kiir’s ousting of Machar in December, 2013. Organized and mediated by the East-African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the negotiations are aimed at putting an end to this power struggle, which has acted as a catalyst for widespread ethnic violence between members of the Dinka and Nuer tribes, of whom Kiir and Machar are members. However, with the March 5th deadline imposed by IGAD already past, this “final” round of talks has still yet to produce any meaningful results. The question is, why? Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27th, 2015

The Failure of Canada and the International Community to Uphold Their ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in Face of the Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur

By Solaye Snider, Blog Writer

While the United Nations (UN) celebrates ten years of formal commitment to the three pillars of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the people of Darfur enter the new year in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis that has fallen off the international radar this past decade.  Read the rest of this entry »

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February 23rd, 2015

Looking Back on 10 Years of Broken Promises in Sudan

By Evan Gray, Blog Writer

Usually, we think of an anniversary as a positive milestone, a time to look back on past accomplishments and celebrate the progress that’s been made over the years. However, as 2015 rolls around, marking the 10-year anniversary of STAND’s founding in response to the multiple humanitarian crises in Sudan, there is precious little to cheer about. Read the rest of this entry »

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