The new Security Council resolution 2277 on MONUSCO

A few hours ago, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted – under Angolan presidency – its resolution 2277 extending MONUSCO’s mandate for another year (the 17th) and outlining the grand lines of UN politics on the Congo for the coming twelve months, a period arguably to be marked by heavy contestation at various levels. … Continue reading

The dogged persistence of the FDLR

(written with Chrispin Mvano, and first appeared with Congo Research Group) In the eastern Congo, it is difficult to keep up with the plethora of armed groups and their continuing recombinations, reincarnations, and conversions. Over the past two decades of conflict in the eastern Congo, the military landscape has changed dramatically. One group, however, has persisted … Continue reading

“Just let us fight, and the war will end” (Review)

(appeared first with African Arguments here)   Over plates of bugali and cups of hot tea, Justine Brabant met with countless militants across the Kivu regions and asked them questions as straightforward as: Why do you fight? Writing about the eastern DR Congo is no easy feat, and many of those who have tried in the past … Continue reading