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February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

In the daily Africa in Transition blog, on February 6, 2019, Ambassador Michelle Gavin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program, harshly criticized the United States government’s policy toward the December 2018 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DRC-Congo-Kinshasa-Tshisekedi-Inauguration

February 6, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Truth About United States’ Complicity in DRC’s Fraudulent Election

Despite having suggested it would isolate and pressure those undermining democracy in Congo just days before, the Trump administration decided to join other states in accepting the sham outcome in an effort to stave off a potentially violent stalemate in Congo. The wisdom of that choice is debatable.

DRC Blog Post

January 14, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Accountability Lacking in Congo Election Debate

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s complicated and long-delayed elections ended with a surprise twist. Right now, it appears that Tshisekedi owes his victory to Kabila and the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy. That loss of connective tissue to the citizens of the country distorts accountability in ways unlikely to deliver the relief from predatory governance that the Congolese people crave.

Supporters of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election, Martin Fayulu hold a sign before a political rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 11, 2019.

September 12, 2006

Economics
Welcome Felix Salmon …

Felix Salmon – who has long followed emerging market debt for Euromoney – has started blogging for RGE. He wants to do a real bloggy-blog.  Lots of updates.  Short, sharp comments not lengthy diatrib…

December 20, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC’s Election: What to Know

A long-awaited election in the Democratic Republic of Congo offers hope for the country’s first democratic transition, but a contested result could incite turmoil.

A woman signals for a taxi in front of a wall filled with campaign posters in Kinshasa.

July 1, 2007

Monetary Policy
Felix Salmon, matchmaker …

Large, opaque financial institution with a long time horizon and lots of cash to invest in anything that yields more than Treasuries, please meet an opaque, hard-to-value (and sometimes hard-to-sell)…

February 13, 2018

Trade
Adapting International Trade Institutions to New Realities

International trade institutions should be reformed with a focus on increasing public support for the rules-orientated system.

Macri MC11 International Trade

August 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Kabila Will Not Stand in Elections, but Will Congo Really Change?

After keeping his own citizens and the international community in suspense for over two years past the end of his mandate in 2016, President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo anno…

DRC-Kabila-Elections-President

January 7, 2003

United States
Felix Rohatyn, Banker and Diplomat, Joins Council as Counselor

  For further information contact: April Palmerlee, Director of Communications 434-9544   December 11, 2000, New York, NY – Felix G. Rohatyn, U.S. Ambassador to France and former Managin…

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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