Why Sudan needs to be taken off the US’s terrorism list
The country desperately needs foreign investment and aid, and then there’s the cautionary tale of Myanmar
The most useful thing US President Donald Trump’s administration can do immediately for Sudan is to take it off the US state department’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism. That designation severely restricts the country’s access to international aid, foreign investment and remittances — all critical to the survival of the new civilian-led government and to hopes for a smooth democratic transition in Khartoum.
But the White House should be mindful of the mistakes made by the administrations of Barack Obama and George W Bush, which were too eager — and too credulous — in de-listing Cuba and North Korea. And it should learn the lesson of the American experience with Myanmar, where economic sanctions were removed too soon...