What Next for the DRC? Armed Groups, Elections and International Engagement
Ben Shepherd, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Brooke Lauten, Protection and Advocacy Adviser for DRC, Norwegian Refugee Council
Bronwen Manby, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics
Chair: Dr Muzong Kodi, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has long been mired in a perpetual cycle of violence, disorder and corruption. However, while significant obstacles to the DRC’s transition to stability and democracy still remain, a number of converging factors have created a window of opportunity for positive change to emerge.
This event will launch the Chatham House research paper Beyond Crisis in the DRC: The Dilemmas of International Engagement and Sustainable Change. Its author, Ben Shepherd, will discuss how evolving coordination of regional and international partners, the 2013 defeat of the M23 and discussions focused now on the FDLR, and the 2014 appointment of a government of national unity could contribute to overcoming entrenched obstacles to peace and democracy. Brooke Lauten from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will discuss the humanitarian impacts of the FDLR rebel group and the ongoing conflict in the eastern borderlands of the DRC.