The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts


Disasters & conflicts

Secretary Clinton in South Sudan: Speaking hard truths as a friend

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes her first visit to South Sudan Friday, making her the highest-ranking US official to visit the world’s newest country. Her trip could not come at a more important time. The UN Security Council gave South Sudan and Sudan until August 2 to move forward with political negotiations and enabling […]

Disasters & conflicts

South Sudan: Returning to hunger

Despite South Sudan’s huge potential and abundant natural resources, half a century of marginalization and conflict has left the country severely impoverished. One year after independence, yearly one million recent returnees struggle to find their feet in a land technically at peace but still very much in crisis.

Disasters & conflicts

Wanted: Peacekeepers who keep peace

South Sudan's new government still needs support from the international community. A mandate under Chapter VII of the UN Charter would allow a new UN Peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to physically intervene--with force if necessary--to protect civilians against the wide array of threats they face.

Disasters & conflicts

Sudan: What’s next for Abyei?

As humanitarian organizations and the UN strive to meet the immediate needs of displaced people, Oxfam is calling on the UN Security Council to ensure that the new peacekeeping mission in Sudan makes protecting civilians from violence its top priority.