Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Congo Update

Speakers: Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Tony Gambino, and Ben Rawlence
Presider: Mora McLean

Mvemba Dizolele, Tony Gambino, and Ben Rawlence discuss the long history of the Congo, the roadblocks to a sustainable framework agreement, and recommendations for the United States and regional players moving forward.

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Congo Update

Speakers: Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Tony Gambino, and Ben Rawlence
Presider: Mora McLean

Mvemba Dizolele, Tony Gambino, and Ben Rawlence discuss the long history of the Congo, the roadblocks to a sustainable framework agreement, and recommendations for the United States and regional players moving forward.

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Congo Update

Speakers: Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Tony Gambino, and Ben Rawlence

Often referred to as one of the deadliest and most forgotten wars, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has yet to see a lasting peace in over a decade. Mvemba Dizolele, Tony Gambino, and Ben Rawlence discuss the long history of the Congo, the roadblocks to a sustainable framework agreement, and recommendations for the United States and regional players moving forward.

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Ask CFR Experts

What will it take for the United States and others to address the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

Asked by Lauren Harrison, from Harvard Kennedy School
Author: John Campbell

The exploitation of Congo's vast resources by competing elites and militaries for personal enrichment promotes insecurity and stymies development. Only very strong Western and African public outcry and a change in China's nonintervention approach might open the possibilities for change.

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Interview

Congo's Weak Peace Process

Jason Stearns interviewed by Christopher Alessi

Rwandan-backed rebels recently withdrew from the eastern Congolese city of Goma, but a comprehensive peace deal with the government remains elusive, says expert Jason Stearns.

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The Crisis in Congo

Speakers: Anthony W. Gambino and Roger A. Meece
Presider: Phillip Gourevitch

Experts examine the stability, security, risks, and quality of governance of the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 2006 elections, as well as the need for continued international engagement.

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Must Read

NYT: Orphaned, Raped and Ignored

Author: Nicholas D. Kristof

In this New York Times op-ed, Nicholas Kristof, who has been profiling the ongoing violence in eastern Congo against civilians, laments that the international response to this humanitarian crisis has been "pathetic," citing the 5.4 million people that have died in the conflict since April 2007 and urging the international community to show more compassion toward Congo. 

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Teaching Module

Teaching Module: Congo: Securing Peace, Sustaining Progress

Author: Anthony W. Gambino

This Council Special Report, by Independent Consultant for International Development and Foreign Policy Anthony W. Gambino, addresses the country's social, economic, and security challenges and recommends two priorities for U.S. policy: combating insecurity in the east and promoting sustainable development. Teaching notes by the author.

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ICG: Congo: A Comprehensive Strategy to Disarm the FDLR

Author: International Crisis Group

This International Crisis Group report examines the failed attempts of the past to dismantle the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)--an insurgency with roots that go back to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda--and recommends a new approach to help end great civilian suffering and restore state authority in the eastern Congo.

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