Tag: DRC

Learning from failure? British and European approaches to security and justice programming

The author argues it is possible to better understand what we can learn from failure and what are ways forward for better, more effective security and justice assistance. He highlights three main elements: 1) the key problems and challenges associated with security governance; 2) what we can learn from failure in the British and European examples; and 3) what we can learn from broader debates about international development and more politically focused approaches.

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Extending the FDLR disarmament deadline will only prolong the agony

All eyes would have been on the now cancelled, joint summit between the South African Development Community (SADC) member states and their counterparts from the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR). It was hoped that the SADC would propose a more holistic approach to disarming the FDLR. Simply extending the disarmament deadline again will only prolong the agony and discredit the organisation.

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A Window of Opportunity for Reforms in the Congo’s Security Sector?

Reports about SSR and DDR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are nowadays often ignored by analysts and researchers alike for several reasons – the context rarely changes dramatically, and the key actors remain the same, which makes for few new insights and revelations. However, in 2012 and 2013, things changed quite radically and it appeared as if a window of opportunity finally had opened up for some serious change in the Congo.

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Surrender or Tactical Deceit – Has the FDLR Really Given Up the Fight?

Is the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which famously routed the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last year, now snatching defeat from the jaws of a complete victory against all disruptive forces in the region? This is what many analysts fear after a controversial decision by regional leaders in Luanda earlier this month gave the other most troublesome armed group in the region six months to surrender and disarm.

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