A blog on Congo, its politics and tribulations. Edited by Jason Stearns.
FARDC scarecrow (Courtesy Dan McCabe) In the last several weeks, there has been a lot of noise about new insurgencies in the eastern Congo, possibly involving the Rwandan and Ugandan governments. This should provoke consternation: In the past, no local rebellion in the eastern Congo has been able to destabilize
Election commission officials counting ballots in Kinshasa in 2011 (Courtesy: MONUSCO) The United States is not the only country with a 20 month-long election campaign. Kinshasa is already abuzz with rumors, tensions, and street protests linked to the elections. The schedule is as follows: local and provincial elections in October
Jean-Pierre Bemba at the ICC (Courtesy Radio Okapi) Could Jean-Pierre Bemba walk free? What would the consequences be for Congolese politics? The answers to these questions are unpredictable, but could dramatically impact Kabila’s succession battle, which is becoming increasingly tense.
Much of the debate around the recent mandate renewal of the UN peacekeeping mission was centered on military action. News reports focused on the recent debate about a drawdown of UN troops and operations against the FDLR. But, pace Clausewitz, military action should always be part of a broader political strategy.
What socio-economic data tells us about sexual violence, découpage, and living conditions in the Congo
A satellite view of Kinshasa (bottom) and Brazzaville (top) For those of us who think numbers and statistics can give a useful––albeit partial––insight into political and social dynamics, the Congo frustrates. The are no reliable national political polls, and socio-economic data is usually limited to the extremely limited data compiled
The battle over Kabila’s succession has begun, and is certain to be the leitmotif of Congolese politics over the coming two years. To a certain extent––to a large extent––the recent controversies over the electoral law and calendar, and the arrest of opposition members and civil society activists (a whole slew
Francois Mwamba, the coordinator of the national oversight mechanism of the PSCF (Courtesy: Radio Okapi) I was on Radio Okapi yesterday, discussing the failures and successes of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework, which turned two years old a few weeks ago. It was a sobering hour––and a terrible phone
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Two weeks ago, the national elections commission published its election calendar. This is the outline: 25 October 2015: Provincial, municipal, urban, and local elections; 10 December 2015: Results of those elections announced; 17 January 2016: Election of senators by provincial assemblies; 31 January 2016: Election of governors and vice-governors by
Jerome Bonso (Photo: John Bompengo, Radio Okapi) Jerome Bonso est parmi les activistes congolais qui suivent le processus électoral en RDC de près. Il est le coordonnateur d’Agir pour les élections transparentes et apaisées (AETA) et président du la Ligue Nationale pour les Elections Libres et Transparentes (LINELIT) Cette transcription