South Sudan Still A National Emergency

Not surprisingly given the news about South Sudan and the continued atrocities going on there, the presidential declaration by President Obama of April 3, 2014 has been extended again. Two memoranda have been issued – one a notice to be published in the Federal Register and the other a message to Congress – to announce the extension “to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to South Sudan”.

By law, national emergencies expire one year after being declared unless officially renewed by the president. Thus, the need for this action now. The anniversary of the last extension is coming up April 3, 2017.

It is a sad commentary that the South Sudan remains such an unstable situation, but most of the world powers are simply not willing to be involved in “another war” and therefore intervention beyond aid for victims has not become a high priority.

Regarding the issuing of these two memoranda, I find it at least a little comforting to know that someone in the vast federal bureaucracy is paying enough attention that this important national emergency extension did not get lost in the shuffle. I doubt very much if the White House staff are the ones thinking about South Sudan.

Official Memorandum Titles:

  • Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan
  • Message to the Congress Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan

Both Memoranda posted March 23, 2017.


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