"The future of what successive U.S. Administrations have considered to be an important relationship with South Sudanese leaders is also in question. Members of Congress may choose to conduct additional oversight of U.S. efforts to secure U.S. citizens, personnel, and property in South Sudan, as well as of U.S. assistance programs and U.S. contributions to multiple U.N. peacekeeping missions in Sudan and South Sudan. The White House has stated the United States would hold leaders responsible for the conduct of their forces and withhold U.S. support to any elements that use force to seize power. U.S. support to South Sudan's security services may come under increased scrutiny given emerging splits in the military and reports of serious human rights abuses by armed actors on all sides. State Department officials report that security assistance has halted and will not resume until security conditions improve. The President has informed Congress that he 'may take further action to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel, and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan.' He has deployed U.S. military personnel to South Sudan in support of this mission. Congress may consider how to respond, including in any continuing appropriations legislation for FY2014 or in relation to FY2015 budget requests for the State Department and foreign operations. This report explores key questions related to the conflict, summarizes the international response to date, and outlines current U.S. policy and assistance."
CRS Report for Congress, R43344