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Advocacy Groups call for strong, effective policy for Sudan

This week the Sudan Now campaign is running ads in the The New York Times and the Vineyard Gazette to influence President Obama's upcoming decision on U.S. policy toward Sudan. The ads, released in response to reports that a recent debate within the administration ended with a proposal to shift U.S. policy toward incentives, call for the president to take a balanced approach toward Sudan that includes both incentives and pressures. Read the campaign press release here and view the full sized ad here.

Sudan Now is encouraging activists to email President Obama at www.sudanactionnow.org to ask him to prevent a return to war by implementing a strong policy that includes a balance of pressures and incentives and does not neglect Darfur in the lead up to the referendum. Sixty-eight advocacy organizations nationwide have also signed on to a letter to the president on the same topic.

To challenge the assertion by some voices within the Obama administration that the United States lacks leverage with the Sudanese government, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars released an Enough Project paper last week, "Avoiding a Train Wreck in Sudan: U.S. Leverage for Peace." The paper, by John Prendergast and Laura Jones, examines eight areas in which the United States possesses leverage that it is currently under-utilizing, and points out five more areas where the U.S. could create additional leverage in support of the African Union and United Nations peace efforts already underway. Read the report here.

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