Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo needs help to build governmental capacity, strong governmental institutions, human rights and womens' rights in particular, in order for any reconciliation and rebuilding to take hold after the violence stops.

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.

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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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Conflict, Challenges, and Prospects in the Congo: A Diplomat’s Perspective

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:00
Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:30

Ambassador Roger Meece shared his perspectives on the Democratic Republic of Congo's recent history, current developments and what may lie ahead.

  • Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Opening Remarks and Moderator
    Special Advisor to the President, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • The Honorable Ambassador Roger Meece, Keynote Remarks
    Former SRSG to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been in conflict for nearly two decades. During that time, an estimated 5 million people have been killed. Tens of thousands have been uprooted and driven from their homes. Thousands of women and girls have been brutally raped. Congo is an ongoing humanitarian tragedy, especially for women. Prolonged instability has resulted in serious cross-border conflicts and the establishment of one of the world’s largest and longest-running United Nations peacekeeping missions.

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Water Security and Conflict Prevention Summit

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 08:30
Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:00

On September 10, 2013, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) hosted a summit on the growing concerns in water security and the risks for increased conflict.

Water is an undeniable, un-substitutable, and powerful factor in everyone’s life, from sustaining individual lives to defining both economic and social policies and practices. As populations and demand expand while supplies decline, access to water will become increasingly difficult, raising the prospects for conflict over this precious resource. By 2025, experts estimated that 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions of absolute water scarcity.

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Diplomacy in Conflict: Improving on Special Envoys

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:30
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:00

Nearly every modern U.S. administration has named special envoys or special representatives to address high-stakes conflicts by applying the kind of concentrated attention that exceeds the day-to-day capacity of the State Department and other regular bureaucratic structures. But how well does this approach really work? And what should be done to bolster the effectiveness of these envoys?

The U.S. Institute of Peace and the American Academy of Diplomacy recently published a Special Report, Using Special Envoys in High-Stakes Conflict Diplomacy, to explore these issues. Authors and former envoys Ambassador Princeton Lyman (USIP) and Ambassador Robert M. Beecroft (AAD) drew their findings from interviews with former U.S. envoys and other officials, as well as memoirs and published reflections. On Dec.

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Jonathan M. Crock

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Former Program Officer, Rule of Law Center

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Jonathan Crock is a program officer in the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Center for Governance, Law and Society. He works on the Justice and Security Dialogue, governance, constitution making and national dialogue programs for the Rule of Law Center.

National Security Advisor Rice Vows Long-Term Ties with Africa

National Security Advisor Susan Rice drew attention to Africa's progress in the past two decades and its possibilities for economic growth, good governance and long-term stability, in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace on the eve of next week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Viola Gienger

Previewing the event, which will bring approximately 50 presidents and prime ministers to Washington, Rice announced that President Barack Obama will work with Congress for a "seamless, long-term renewal" of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and that the administration plans to double the number of young African leaders brought to the U.S.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:24
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Conflict Analysis

A nuanced understanding of the context and dynamics of a conflict can determine the effectiveness with which you intervene in a conflict, prevent further harm from being done, help determine priorities for program development and lead to understanding better the consequences of any actions or policies.

This course is a case-based introduction to the process of conflict analysis. Students will be introduced to two analytical frameworks for conflict analysis in the course, and be given the chance to apply them to historical cases and relevant problem-based scenarios.

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.

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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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More International Engagement on DRC Needed, Former U.N. Special Rep Says at USIP

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), though afflicted by conflict for nearly two decades, has made limited progress on several key issues but needs continued international support and engagement to help consolidate the gains, the former special representative to the United Nations secretary general told an audience at the Institute on December 11.

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Roger Meece, who held the U.N. post until August, described the progress as hopeful but incomplete and in need of consistent international attention and support. “To be effective, international engagement has to be sustained and be in it for the long run,” said Meece, a retired American diplomat who earlier served as the U.S. ambassador to the DRC. “This can be done. It is achievable.”

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 15:27
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