Q&A: What Works in Preventing Election Violence

Q&A: What Works in Preventing Election Violence

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

By: USIP Staff; Jonas Claes

The elections this year in the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and even the United States, demonstrate how high-stakes elections frequently trigger anxiety, tension or even violence or the threat of unrest. Properly managed elections allow opposing groups to press their claim to power through a peaceful process. But in fragile democracies, elections frequently feature intimidation or violent protest. U.S. Institute of Peace Senior Program Officer Jonas Claes, editor o...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance; Fragility & Resilience

Prosecuting Economic and  Environmental Crimes

Prosecuting Economic and Environmental Crimes

Thursday, December 1, 2016

For almost two decades, the illegal exploitation of natural resources has contributed significantly to the financing of violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Both armed groups and criminal networks within the Congolese army have financially benefited from the production and trade of minerals, timber, charcoal, and wildlife. The persistent political warfare supported—and in part driven—by this commerce has led to atrocities that include gender-based violence and recru...

Economics & Environment

Unlearning Violence: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Unlearning Violence: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Monday, July 27, 2015

By: Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.

Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…” So when we see steps toward justice and a narrative of hope returning to a country worn by violence and conflict, those of us in the peacebuilding field feel reinvigorated. We were fortunate to see an example on July 14, when the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo co-sponsored with USIP a discussion with that country’s Personal Representative of the President in Charge of the Fight Against Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment, Jeanine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi.

Violent Extremism; Gender

Feingold Presses Three African States on Elections

Feingold Presses Three African States on Elections

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

By: USIP Staff

Russell Feingold, the U.S. Special Envoy working to stabilize Africa’s Great Lakes region, urged Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to hold fair, democratic elections as a key step to bringing peace to the region. And he pressed the DRC to launch a promised military offensive in the country’s East against an ethnic Hutu militia that includes fighters who participated in the anti-Tutsi genocide in Rwanda 21 years ago.

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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

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

Friday, February 21, 2014

By: USIP Staff

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.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Peacekeeper’s Lesson Learned: 'Let Them Talk First'

Peacekeeper’s Lesson Learned: 'Let Them Talk First'

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

By: Maria Jessop

It was mid-January and we were in our third and final day of training 35 officers of the 8th Benin Battalion who are slated to join the United Nations peacekeeping force this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While a few of these soldiers had been on such a mission before, most would be venturing for the first time into a conflict that has taken millions of lives since it began in the late 1990s.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Education & Training