Sub-Saharan Africa

Did a group of bishops just disarm one of the most explosive political problems in Africa?

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, with crowds waiting anxiously in the streets of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Catholic bishops announced a deal that could calm a very turbulent nation.

Jan 04, 2017
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo are warning that the country faces civil war if the current president, Joseph Kabila, refuses to step down at the end of his term of office. That term was due to end this month but elections will not now be held until April 2018, and his opponents have accused him of trying to cling on to power. The DRC is not only a key source of minerals required in modern technology, it also has the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world. As tensions rise, can the negotiations overseen by the DRC’s Catholic bishops find a compromise?

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

There is a nervous crescendo building up on the streets of Kinshasa ahead of December 19, the day President Joseph Kabila is supposed to step down. Diplomats are sending their families on early Christmas vacations and the Congolese franc has depreciated by about 25 per cent against the US dollar.

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo - It began a little before midnight, a few whistles blown by people standing on dimly lit porches in Congo's sprawling riverside capital. By the turn of the hour, the protesters' ranks had swelled to several thousand, some of them rattling pots and pans in a brave act of civil disobedience as President Joseph Kabila's second - and what was supposed to be his final - mandate expired.

Dec 22, 2016
Mélanie Gouby, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up.

Dec 19, 2016
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Police forces, Congo

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In the Congo, President Joseph Kabila has engineered artificial delays in the election process to extend his stay in power, and the opposition has called for massive protests on Dec. 19, when his mandate was supposed to end.

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns, Herbert Weiss, Francesca Bomboko
Sub-Saharan Africa
Rule of Law

He pledged to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS and suggested that America wouldn’t automatically defend its NATO allies, but beyond that Donald Trump hardly mentioned foreign policy on his renegade march to the White House. Sub-Saharan Africa barely registered, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), well, it might as well not exist.

Nov 18, 2016
Jason Stearns

Research in Liberia and South Sudan will inform policy on how to improve peacebuilding in Africa and globally.

Nov 09, 2016
Amanda Lucey
Sub-Saharan Africa

Une enquête met en cause le comportement des casques bleus en marge des affrontements qui ont éclaté à Juba, la capitale, en juillet. Le chef de la mission a été relevé de ses fonctions.

Nov 02, 2016
Alexandra Novosseloff
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Impasse in the Congo: What Do the People Think?

© AFP Photo/Desirey Minkoh

© AFP Photo/Desirey Minkoh

The Bureau d’Études, de Recherches, et Consulting International (BERCI) and the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University conducted a nationally representative political opinion poll across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Between May and September 2016, researchers interviewed 7,545 people in face-to-face interviews. Some of our main findings are:

Nov 02, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

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