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‘Conflict Minerals’ – An Open Letter

Over a few months, we have been working on de-mystifying the discourses on so-called “conflict minerals” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to constructively but critically assess the policy response these discourses have provoked so far. The outcome is a letter signed by 70 Congolese and international observers. In the following paragraphs, first published with … Continue reading

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Trouble all over – where is Raia Mutomboki heading to?

Later this year, I am going to have a peer-reviewed article in the Annuaire des Grand Lacs, but the situation on the ground develops as quickly and unexpectedly that it asks for a current overview – in particular the set-up of this ‘franchise’ as Jason Stearns coined it, will already be outdated massively upon publication … Continue reading

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Third and revised mapping of armed actors in eastern DRC

With a slight delay, a new version of the armed actors mapping has now been launched and can be found here & here respectively. At a first glance, it does not entail major changes, but a closer look shows how recent military operations (especially those involving MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade) have impacted on the region’s conflict landscape. … Continue reading

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Annual Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF) takes on its 9th edition

(written by Gaius Kowene, Goma-based freelance journalist and Timo Mueller, researcher in Goma; additional reporting and editing by Christoph Vogel, editor of http://www.christophvogel.net) The 9th edition of the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF) will take place in Goma, in the east of Congo from 4-13 July. SKIFF is a 10-day festival that regularly brings … Continue reading

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MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade: un état des lieux

Roughly 16 months ago (in March 2013), the United Nations has strengthened its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – MONUSCO – with a robust force to “neutralise armed groups”. In sequence to waves of criticism MONUSCO has experienced for its passive stance during the capture of Goma by M23 troops, the … Continue reading

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Elections in Congo. Yes, but which, when, and how?

Amidst the publication of a (partial) electoral calendar by Abbé Malu-Malu, head of DRC’s Commission Nationale Eléctorale Indépendante (CENI), discussions over the country’s upcoming round of polls once more flared up. On this issue, Kris Berwouts and Manya Riche have provided a nice detailed backgrounder for African Arguments this week. In general, most of the … Continue reading

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Le massacre de Mutarule – Analyses préliminaires

(avec Josaphat Musamba Bussy) Représailles contre les voleurs des vaches, règlement des comptes, ou haine inter-ethnique ? La journée du 7 juin 2014, le territoire d’Uvira assiste à un massacre des congolais plus de 30 personnes, certains fusillés, mais la plupart hachées comme des bêtes sauvages, à des incendies des maisons alors qu’ils étaient en … Continue reading

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The FDLR demobilisation gamble reloaded

With apologies for intermittent posting over these months, a few musings on the current FDLR situation with demobilisation ceremonies happening in both Kivu provinces. On 30 May and 9 June, respectively, FDLR organised the demobilisation of a larger number of combatants in Kateku/Buleusa (Walikale territory, North Kivu) and Kitogo (Mwenga territory, South Kivu). The locations roughly … Continue reading

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Le Burundi en crise ? Réflexions partantes des rumeurs ‘imbonerakure’

(édité depuis version originale anonyme – toute opinion appartient à l’auteur) Le 08 avril 2013, la presse burundaise et internationale s’émeut à la suite d’un câble confidentiel que le Représentant du Secrétaire Général des Nations-Unies, Parfait Onanga Anyanga, a envoyé à New York. Le message est destiné au Secrétaire Général adjoint Jeffrey Feltman avec copie … Continue reading

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Seeking Justice in DR Congo’s Conflict: Can War-Crimes Trials Overcome Violence and Build the Rule of Law?

This is a guest post by Milli Lake, cross-published with African Arguments. Milli is a final year PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has done extensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other places. (© Text and Picture remains with Milli Lake)  On 20th November, … Continue reading

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