Burundi

Senator Feingold: Final Speech as U.S. Special Envoy to the DRC

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:30
Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:00
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Sustained American Attention to the Great Lakes Region

On February 24 Senator Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy working to stabilize Africa’s Great Lakes region, spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace following his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Read the event coverage, Feingold Presses Three African States on Elections

He returned just days before from the DRC, where he pressed the government to deliver on its commitment to take action against rebels in the country’s east, and to hold an inclusive and transparent dialogue with political groups in the country leading up to presidential elections next year.

On February 24, Senator Feingold gave his final speech as U.S. special envoy at the U.S. Institute of Peace, offering his current insights on the DRC, on the prospects for ending the militia violence in the country’s east, and for improving political stability in the Great Lakes region.

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Peace Prospects in the Great Lakes

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 13:00
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:30
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A Discussion with U.S. Special Envoy Russell D. Feingold

USIP and U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold discussed the prospects for peace in the Great Lakes region of Africa on February 20th.

Read the event coverage, Feingold Urges DRC Reforms, Great Lakes Regional Cooperation in Remarks at USIP

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Africa's Great Lakes region has been a violent and unstable for years. April marks 20 years since the Rwandan genocide resulted in the deaths of half a million people in 100 days. Conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo alone has displaced or killed more than 5 million residents in the past two decades, making it the deadliest war in Africa’s modern history. The region is challenged by ethnic tensions, the exploitation of resources, the continued use of child soldiers, dozens of armed rebel armed groups, and violence against women. Russ Feingold, the U.S.

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Burundi at the Brink

The government has postponed elections that were to begin June 5 with local and parliamentary voting, following a call for delay by East African leaders. The BBC quotes Burundi’s foreign minister as saying the elections will be held by August 26, a narrow time frame if conditions for a vote are to be dramatically improved. Recent research by the U.S. Institute of Peace underscores the need for long-term work to lay the conditions for peaceful elections.

Feingold Urges DRC Reforms, Great Lakes Regional Cooperation in Remarks at USIP

Africa's Great Lakes region is ripe for progress in resolving its deadly conflicts, particularly in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but it will take deeper regional cooperation and the DRC's full implementation of internal reforms that it has already agreed to, Russell D. Feingold, the U.S. special envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, said at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on February 20.

USIP Staff

Feingold, a former U.S. senator from Wisconsin who served on the Senate's Africa subcommittee for 18 years, pointed to recent developments that have helped reduce violence in the DRC. Conflict there has resulted in the death or displacement of more than five million people, making it the deadliest war in Africa's modern history. The conflict has also produced mass sexual violence, the conscription of children into armed militias and other mass humanitarian problems.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:43
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Training Peacekeepers in Burundi

The place where Burundian soldiers learn to be peacekeepers is in a remote village accessible only by dirt road, which during the rainy season turns into a river of mud. Shirtless men making red bricks pause to wave, and a few barefoot children scurry forward to watch the passing convoy of foreigners.

Angela Dickey

We arrive at our destination, a simple concrete-block training compound a few dozen kilometers outside the capital city of Bujumbura. Young Burundians practice loading and shooting AK-47s and driving armored personnel carriers—but also learn how to utilize interpreters, negotiate with clan elders and leaders of women’s organizations and mediate between groups in conflict.

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 08:55
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Empowering Local Peacebuilders

Peacebuilding operations in conflict and post-conflict societies often undermine local capacity, ownership, and sustainability. The acknowledged remedy is to empower local actors to take the lead in planning and implementing programs, but few empowerment strategies that work in practice have been documented and explained.

Summary

Problem Identified

  • Peacebuilding operations in conflict and post-conflict societies often undermine local capacity, ownership, and sustainability. The acknowledged remedy is to empower local actors to take the lead in planning and implementing programs, but few empowerment strategies that work in practice have been documented and explained.

Action Taken

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 10:12
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Truth Commission Digital Collection

The United States Institute of Peace’s Truth Commissions Digital Collection is part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management.  The collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide - offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.

The United States Institute of Peace’s Truth Commissions Digital Collection is part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management

The collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide - offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14
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USIP: Teaching African Peacekeepers How to Keep the Peace

USIP trained hundreds of African peacekeepers in seven nations this year in how to negotiate and mediate the peace.

USIP is playing a vital and growing role in Africa by teaching peacekeepers negotiation and mediation skills they will use across the continent. Trainers from the Institute will have completed 17 training workshops this year as in partnership with the State Department’s African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program, or ACOTA. African peacekeepers’ mission is to prevent the outbreak or spillover of violent conflict. But often these military officers do not receive training in how to deal with conflict at places like checkpoints and roadblocks.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 17:38
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USIP: Teaching African Peacekeepers How to Keep the Peace

USIP trained hundreds of African peacekeepers in seven nations this year in how to negotiate and mediate the peace.

USIP is playing a vital and growing role in Africa by teaching peacekeepers negotiation and mediation skills they will use across the continent. Trainers from the Institute completed 17 training workshops in 2011 as part of the State Department's African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program, or ACOTA. African peacekeepers' mission is to prevent the outbreak or spillover of violent conflict. But often these military officers do not receive training in how to deal with conflict at places like checkpoints and roadblocks.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:02
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