Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced the formation of a new government on Sunday in a shake-up apparently aimed at broadening his political base ahead of a possible constitutional showdown.

Read the full Reuters article Congo's Kabila names new government in bid to broaden political base

Dec 07, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition parties are united in their demands that President Joseph Kabila should not stay in power when his term ends in 2016 but personal rivalries and infighting are hobbling efforts to mount an effective campaign.

Read the full Daily Mail article Congo's fractious opposition struggles to mobilise against Kabila

Dec 10, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States

Many things can shut down a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – collapses, toxic gases, and, it turns out, the Dodd-Frank act.

Read the full Marketplace article The long arms of a U.S. law reach Congo

Dec 11, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States

Les FARDC et la Monusco ont lancé le samedi 13 décembre des opérations conjointes contre les rebelles ougandais des ADF actifs dans le territoire de Beni (Nord-Kivu). Selon des sources du commandement de l’opération militaire « Sokola 1 », l’objectif de cette offensive est de neutraliser totalement cette rébellion.

Lit l'article entier par Radio Okapi Situation sécuritaire au Nord-Kivu

Dec 17, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.

Read the full IRIN article Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears

Dec 16, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Moise Katumbi has two of the biggest jobs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the governor of Katanga, a mineral-rich province of 5.6m people roughly the size of Spain. He is chairman of TP Mazembe, one of the best-run football clubs in sub-Saharan Africa, a role that has made him very popular. And now many expect the wealthy and charismatic 50-year-old to seek an even bigger title: president.

Jan 20, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rwandan genocide of 1994 killed 800,000 people, most of them ethnic Tutsi, in the space of three months and triggered two successive civil wars in neighbouring Congo. Although these more or less ended in 2003, the genocide’s fallout can still incite violence and rouse armies. This month the UN Security Council authorised a military attack by a 3,000-strong multinational intervention force against a militia in eastern Congo that was formed two decades ago by Rwandan genocidaires who fled to the region’s remote forests after losing power.

Jan 24, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

The clock is ticking down on the launch of a military operation in eastern DRC against a Rwandan-Hutu militia that has refused to surrender and disarm. 

Read the full Al Jazeera America article UN and DRC forces prepare for war

Jan 16, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Peacebuilding continues to gain recognition in international and national spheres for the crucial role it plays in laying the foundations for sustainable peace. In the last two decades, the United Nations has developed its peacebuilding architecture (PBA) in order to strengthen its responses to countries recovering from conflict. Within this larger context, 2015 will be a critical year for peacebuilding as member states undertake a comprehensive review of the UN PBA.

Dec 10, 2014
Center on International Cooperation

In November, CIC joined with the Institute of Security Studies to host a discussion with member state representatives and UN staff on African perspectives on the future of peacebuilding. Peacebuilding continues to gain recognition in international and national spheres for the crucial role it plays in laying the foundations for sustainable peace. In the last two decades, the United Nations has developed its peacebuilding architecture (PBA) in order to strengthen its responses to countries recovering from conflict.

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