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Jason Stearns

On May 13, President Felix Tshisekedi gave a defiant speech in Kolwezi, one of the country’s mining capitals: “I am tired of what I have seen in this country for years: foreigners come here with empty pockets and when they go home they are billionaires while we remain poor. From

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  On March 10, 2021 the U.S. government designated the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) as a terrorist organization. The group had been under U.S. sanctions since 2014 for their human rights abuses, and six of their leaders had been under a travel ban and assets freeze since 2019. These new

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Our third monthly report on the Kasaï region looks at political instability in Kasaï, Kasaï Central, and Sankuru provinces. In Kasaï, we analyze the political impact of Evariste Boshab’s defeat in the senate vice presidency on his protégé, governor Dieudonné Pieme, and on local politics in his home territory of

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Today, CRG is publishing the first of a series of reports for a new project on the political and security dynamics in the Kasaï region. These publications will include monthly reports that provide a brief overview of the political, security and humanitarian situation in the Greater Kasaï region, focusing particularly

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(You can download the entire polling report here.) The Democratic Republic of the Congo held national presidential and legislative elections on December 30th 2018. The elections, which had been delayed by two years, were mired in controversy. The national electoral commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the

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En réaction à notre rapport sur les violences au Kasaï intitulé « Mettre le feu sur sa propre maison. La crise au Kasai : La manipulation du pouvoir coutumier et l’instrumentalisation du désordre » dans lequel M. Maker Mwangu est cité, ce dernier a souhaité réagir en publiant un droit

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In June 2017, an armed group coalition in the far south of South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo started a large-scale offensive. The Coalition Nationale pour la Souveraineté du Congo (CNPSC) launched a series of attacks, rapidly overrunning Congolese army bases. It obtained significant amounts of

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Today, the Congo Research Group (CRG) is publishing two separate leaks of data related to the Congolese presidential elections: The first is a partial tally of election results from the central database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), representing 86% of the total votes cast, which was leaked by

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo went to the polls on December 30th to elect a new president, as well as national and provincial parliamentarians. The polls should mark the first democratic handover of executive power in the country’s history and could either cement or undermine its fledging democratic institutions. Here are some

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A few days ahead of presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University is publishing simultaneous political opinion polls conducted by Bureau d’études, de Recherches, et de Consulting International (BERCI), and Ipsos South Africa with its partner GeoPoll. The polls reveal

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