As the last year has seen escalation in conflict between the Rwandan-backed armed group, M23 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Congo Research Group program has continued to provide political analysis and media commentary on related issues.
We have curated a list of important resources below for those who wish to learn more about the DRC and the continued conflict within the country.
Congo Siasa: Discrimination and the M23 rebellionSince the M23 rebellion re-emerged in November 2021, there has been a lot of noise––to call it a discussion would be to exaggerate its nuance and sophistication ––about discrimination against Congolese Tutsi and its role in the violence. At the heart of this debate are issues critical for Congolese democracy and stability.
Should we talk about the FDLR every time we talk about the M23?In his August 11 press conference in Kigali, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had this to say about the violence in eastern Congo: “There are very credible reports of support for armed groups by all sides, including the FDLR by Congolese forces and M23 by Rwandans. And our position is clear […] that support needs to cease for any armed group.” Was Blinken making an equivalence between the M23 and the FDLR, suggesting that Congo and Rwanda are equally responsible for the recent escalation?
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