“Rebel Tetris” and M23 gambits spark Kivu mayhem

Goma

Much has been happening on the ground in Congo’s Kivu provinces during the last two weeks. Hereinafter, some of the most striking visible as well as some less visible developments shall be put together. On the political level, the withdrawal of US military aid for Rwanda in consequence of UN Group of Experts interim report … Continue reading

As Goma trembles, M23 invigorates and different actors explore their options

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Before beginning a new post, I kindly ask all readers to apologise for the second last post as some of the tentative statements I made therein do not seem to be confirmed until further notice. Contrarily, some connections I spoke about proved to be not that substantial and others escaped my knowledge at that time. … Continue reading

Some thoughts on the M23 addendum to the UN Group of Experts midterm report

Lake Kivu with DRC flag

A couple of days ago, the much anticipated addendum of this year’s UN Group of Experts (GoE) midterm report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been released. While the previously published report concentrated on various pertinent developments linked to the security situation in conflict prone eastern DRC as GoE reports usually do, this … Continue reading