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U.S. to apply better sanctioning tools against authoritarian regimes

On May 15, 2018 John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and founder of the Enough Project testified before the Home Subcommittee on Africa. He called the attention of the US government on the need for new, more efficient and smart sanctioning tools. He explains that traditional sanctions such as  withholding aid for social programs or direct foreign aid to governments are not particularly effective against corrupt and authoritarian regimes. A relatively new way of sanctioning called Networking sanctions poses direct financial pressure on the primary individuals, those who are acting on their behalf, and the entities owned or controlled by the primary targeted individuals. Both Network sanctions and anti-money laundering measures are meant to put stronger consequences on corrupt networks and leaders while supporting civil society voices. Read more