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Flying into Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the early days of 2015, foreign diplomats could be excused for being disoriented. The news in the international press was focused on an impending offensive against Rwandan rebels in the east of the country, an area to which the United Nations peacekeeping mission––the largest in the world––had just relocated most of its troops and staff.

Mar 02, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
United Nations

Rwanda, once a byword for peacekeeping disasters after the 1994 genocide, today plays a disproportionate role in regional efforts to prevent conflict and protect civilians.

Read the full All Africa article Africa's Unlikely Protectors

Feb 01, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
United Nations

Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila’s rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year.

Read the full Zambia Reports article Kabila’s Attempt at Life President for Congo Blocked

Jan 28, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security

Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year.

Read the full Global Post article Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila's coalition

Jan 26, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
Crises

Could sending more troops to eastern DR Congo help the region, or will it worsen an existing humanitarian crisis?

Watch the full Al-Jazeera video DR Congo braces for new troop offensive

Feb 02, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security
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
Peace and Security
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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security

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