Congo’s Youth Rising in the Heart of Africa

Congo’s Youth Rising in the Heart of Africa

Congolese youth leader Ben Kabamba will provide an update on the Telema (Rise Up) movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. African youth from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Congo, and elsewhere on the continent have been rising up to demand a say in the affairs of...
Blood Phones and the Congo

Blood Phones and the Congo

The array of names by which the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been known over the years—the Congo Free State, the Belgian Congo, and Zaire, among others—bespeaks its long history of exploitation and conflict. In the ongoing fallout from the...
Stabilizing Congo

Stabilizing Congo

Despite the efforts of the United Nations’ largest active peacekeeping force, several peace agreements among the belligerents, and a temporary six-month ban on mining earlier this year, conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) persists...
Controlling Congo’s Minerals

Controlling Congo’s Minerals

For the past couple of months, the National Association of Manufacturing, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and their public relations hoplites have launched a campaign to invalidate Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The legislation, which was passed July 21, 2010,...
Next Steps on Congo

Next Steps on Congo

For the past 14 years, more than six million Congolese have perished in the ongoing conflict triggered by U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda when they invaded Congo in 1996. As the world focuses on the Western intervention in Libya under the guise of moral responsibility...
Briefing on the UN Mapping Exercise Report

Briefing on the UN Mapping Exercise Report

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) released the official “Report of the Mapping Exercise” in October 2010. The report documents “the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law...

A Solution to Congolese Violence — or Empty Gesture?

As part of the sweeping financial reform bill signed into law this past week by President Barack Obama, a surprising legislative rider took effect seeking an end to the internal conflict plaguing Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The provision, which resulted...
Conference: Congo Independence 50 Years Later: The Continuing Pursuit

Conference: Congo Independence 50 Years Later: The Continuing Pursuit

On June 30, 2010, the Democratic Republic of Congo will celebrate its 50th year of independence from Belgian colonial rule. Celebrations will take place throughout the globe commemorating this golden anniversary. Not all Congolese are celebrating, however. Nor are...

Fighting the Forgotten War: Students’ Activism for the Congo

Kambale Musavuli isn’t your average student. For one, he’s not attached to his cell phone. In the first few days of trying to reach him for this article, the only response I received was the following recorded message: “Did you know that Congo has...

Propping Up Africa’s Dictators

“We cannot assure our development on our own,” stated France’s pet dictator and Africa’s longest-serving ruler, Omar Bongo. The Gabonese leader was talking about national economic development, but he might just as well have been talking about...
Postcard from…Goma

Postcard from…Goma

“You have the right to receive all the assistance [you need],” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told displaced people in early March at Kibati I camp, located north of the provincial capital, Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “I will...

Netanyahu at the White House: Not Yet Change We Can Believe In

Overall, yesterday’s White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has to be seen as a draw. As former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Obama adviser Daniel Kurtzer noted before the meeting, “for different...

AFRICOM’s Ugandan Blunder

In early February, The New York Times released information detailing the involvement of the U.S. military in the bungled Ugandan mission to oust the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from northeastern DR Congo. Seventeen military advisors from AFRICOM worked...

Africa Policy Outlook 2009

Editor’s note: The Africa Policy Outlook is an annual publication released jointly by Africa Action and Foreign Policy In Focus that highlights the key themes and trends in U.S. Africa policy. See the appendix below for a general schedule of African elections...

Inaugural Mulligan

According to the British historian Eric Hobsbawm in The Age of Extremes, the 20th century didn’t truly begin until 1914. World War I, with its new technologies of violence and effective termination of several empires, brought what Hobsbawm called the “long...