Monday, June 1, 2015

Sudan Sanctions: Not Smart Policy

The Huffington Post published on 28 May 2015 a commentary titled "The Human Cost of America's Not-So-Smart Sudan Sanctions" by J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. 

I concur with the thrust of Pham's commentary and, in fact, have been arguing for years that Sudan should be removed from the U.S. government's list of state sponsors of terrorism, where it was put in 1993 for good reason.  Times and events have changed.  The State Department's annual report on terrorism has commented for at least the last ten years that Sudan has cooperated with the United States in combating terrorism.  Both North Korea and Cuba have been removed from the list.  Isn't it time to end the hypocrisy in the case of Sudan?  There is plenty to criticize about the government in Sudan, but we should at least correlate U.S. policy with what we dislike about Sudan's actions.

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