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Following the release of their report this week, Congo Siasa interviewed Steve Hege (armed groups expert), Fred Robarts (regional issues expert), and Gregory Mthembu-Salter (consultant, natural resources). Let me ask you to be reductive, as few will read all 190 pages: What are your three main conclusions? Our key findings

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A bunch of Congo-focused events took place in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, centered around the release of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) white paper. You can download the paper here. It has a useful summary of current initiatives on the eastern Congo and gets into a lot of the nitty-gritty

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The UN has added four people to its sanctions list for violation of its sanctions regime – Col. Innocent Zimurinda, an ex-CNDP commander, and three high-ranking FDLR commanders, including its new president Gen. Iyamuremye (aka Rumuli Michel). We shouldn’t expect too much, however – the sanctions are only asset freezes

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Congo Siasa is back, just in time for the new UN Group of Experts’ report. It’s a great report, chock full of useful information on the situation in the Kivus, and I’ll have an exclusive interview with members of the Group here in a few days. For now, some of

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Congo Siasa will be offline for the next ten days.

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Several days ago, the Paris Club of lenders announced that it would cancel all of the debts the Congolese government owed them – $7,35 billion. This follows the cancellation of $12 billion in debts by the IMF in July. Altogether, these cancellations have freed up around $520 million in the

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Oxfam has just released a report on US efforts towards security sector reform in the Congo. It’s a nice summary of the initiatives the US government is pursuing in the Congo. Bottom line: neither the foreign donors not the Congolese government seem very serious about success. The Congolese are reluctant

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A new report on the Congo has come out by the International Crisis Group that concludes that the peace deal between Rwanda and the Congo has failed to bring about peace in the eastern DRC. It points to the violence over the past year, the failed integration process of the

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I was on a panel on Friday on conflict minerals, which was very instructive. Toby Whitney, the legislative director of Congressman Jim McDermott, was there – McDermott was one of the main sponsors of the “Congo conflict minerals” bill signed into law by President Obama in June this year. I

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Gen. Faustin Munene, who disappeared several weeks ago from Kinshasa in mysterious circumstances, has resurfaced on diaspora radio stations, saying he will fight to free Congo from oppressors and foreigners. There had been some speculations about Munene, a retired, former vice-minister of the interior from Bandundu province, since his family

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