On January 13, 2017, the Obama Administration announced that, over the preceding six months, the United States had been on a “comprehensive” five-track engagement plan with the Government of Sudan concerning the lifting of U.S. sanctions. Upon making this announcement, the U.S. Department of State claimed that the Government of Sudan had “made significant progress toward these goals, as well as new commitments." The Obama Administration immediately began a six-month process of lifting comprehensive U.S. sanctions on Sudan, set to end on July 12, 2017. This report highlights the Government of Sudan's severe violations of the sanctions-lifting agreement.
Months after the Obama Administration announced a process to begin lifting U.S. sanctions on Sudan, skepticism and confusion continues to grow.
The surprise decision by the Obama administration to lift Sudan sanctions is neither based in the reality of the situation on the ground nor the historical context of how the Sudanese dictatorship operates.