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Congo Siasa

A blog on Congo, its politics and tribulations. Edited by Jason Stearns.

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It has been over two months since Senator Russ Feingold stepped down as the US Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region, and around six months since the US administration has been aware of his resignation. Since he stepped down, the Congolese government cracked down on civil rights organizers in

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Les neuf juges de la cour constitutionnelle et les six hauts magistrats oeuvrant au parquet L’auteur, Marcel Wetsh’okonda, est avocat et chercheur indépendant basé à Kinshasa. Le 4 avril 2015, la Cour constitutionnelle a été installée. Régie par la Constitution du 18 février 2006 telle que modifiée et complétée à

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This is a guest blog by Dan Fahey. He was the finance expert for the UN Group of Experts on the DR Congo in 2013-2014 and coordinator of the Group in 2014. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.  The news that Jamil Mukulu, the leader

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Ce blog a été écrit par Noel Obotela Rashidi, professeur d’histoire à l’Université de Kinshasa et directeur adjoint du Groupe d’étude sur le Congo (GEC), un projet commun du Centre d’études politiques (CEP) et le Centre pour la coopération internationale (CIC) de l’Université de New York. L’annonce de la mise en

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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