A tenuous stalemate in eastern Congo remains in place between the Congolese army, or FARDC, and the growing insurgency of the Rwanda-backed M23. However, a series of recent events might signal escalation towards conflict in advance of regional talks or further international intervention.
Details from a confidential U.N. Group of Experts report on Congo emerged last week that show that smuggling of minerals into Rwanda and Burundi is on the rise, in spite of Congolese government efforts to regulate the trade. Furthermore, it seems that the profits from minerals clandestinely transported across the border are being used to fund the M23 rebellion, which began in April and has left half a million people displaced.
A recent confidential report from the U.N. Group of Experts on Congo was leaked to Reuters yesterday that shows further evidence of Rwandan support to the M23 rebellion in eastern Congo. The report allegedly indicates that Rwanda's defense minister, James Kabarebe, is commanding the rebellion.
Editor's Note: Activists in Portland, Oregon, are gaining traction with several initiatives focused on making the city investments free from conflict minerals from Congo. In this guest post by Alysha Atma, Amanda Ulrich, and Robert Hadley, the Oregon Coalition for Humanity members describe their recent successes.
TV advertisements, home mailings, and television broadcasts for the November 6 elections are everywhere. As the candidates campaign for our votes, we, as voters, should take this time to consult different sources on where candidates fall on important issues. A source many Americans turn to is the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debate Series. As the debates air on October 16 and 22 with a focus on U.S.
How does evolving social media and a compressed timetable cause us to rethink tools of diplomacy? To tackle that question and many others, Johns Hopkins SAIS hosted a Search for Common Ground event on October 9 entitled “The Global Power of Talk: Lessons of Diplomacy and Negotiation.” The panel at this Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum consisted of Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, David E. Sanger, I. William Zartman, with Paul B. Stares as the moderator.
Last week, we were lucky enough to spend four days with Dominique Bikaba, one of the activists from our “I Am Congo” video series. Dom is the third of the featured activists to visit the Enough Project in the last year: Fidel came in 2011 and Amani earlier this year.