Showing posts tagged as "DRC"

Showing posts tagged DRC

7 Nov
« Il n’y aura probablement pas d’accord avec le M23 », avertit Thierry Vircoulon de International Crisis Group (ICG) | Digital Congo
Le gouvernement de la RDC  a affirmé, mardi 5 novembre au matin, avoir obtenu une “victoire totale” sur la rébellion du Mouvement du 23 mars (M.23) dans le Nord-Kivu à l’est du pays où la rébellion était née en avril 2012. La direction du M.23, issue de la mutinerie d’anciens rebelles – essentiellement tutsis – qui avaient été réintégrés dans l’armée, a annoncé peu après qu’elle abandonnait la lutte armée dès ce jour.
Thierry Vircoulon, directeur du projet Afrique centrale à l’International Crisis Group (ICG), décrypte les implications de cette annonce de l’abandon de la lutte armée par le M23.
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Photo: United Nations Photo/Flickr

« Il n’y aura probablement pas d’accord avec le M23 », avertit Thierry Vircoulon de International Crisis Group (ICG) | Digital Congo

Le gouvernement de la RDC  a affirmé, mardi 5 novembre au matin, avoir obtenu une “victoire totale” sur la rébellion du Mouvement du 23 mars (M.23) dans le Nord-Kivu à l’est du pays où la rébellion était née en avril 2012. La direction du M.23, issue de la mutinerie d’anciens rebelles – essentiellement tutsis – qui avaient été réintégrés dans l’armée, a annoncé peu après qu’elle abandonnait la lutte armée dès ce jour.

Thierry Vircoulon, directeur du projet Afrique centrale à l’International Crisis Group (ICG), décrypte les implications de cette annonce de l’abandon de la lutte armée par le M23.

Lire tout l’article (Digital Congo)

Photo: United Nations Photo/Flickr

5 Sep
Olivier Rogez

Thierry Vircoulon, directeur pour l'Afrique centrale de l'International Crisis Group

Thierry Vircoulon, directeur pour l’Afrique centrale de l’International Crisis Group | Olivier Rogez

C’est le sommet de la dernière chance. Après les récents combats dans le Nord Kivu entre le M23 d’un côté, les forces congolaises et l’ONU de l’autre, les chefs d’Etat de la région des Grands Lacs se réunissent ce jeudi à Kampala.

Kinshasa veut obtenir le désarmement du M23. Un objectif qui n’est pas celui du Rwanda. Va-ton vers un compromis ou un clash ?

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28 Aug
UN’s peacekeeping offensive in DRC | Inside Story
Renewed fighting has broken out around Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, close to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda.
And UN peacekeepers are taking a more combative role as fighting escalates in the DR Congo.
Its elite intervention brigade, which has been given a robust mandate to take on armed groups, has been drawn into the fight, changing the dynamic of the conflict in DRC’s troubled east and raising questions about the UN’s aggressive new military mandate.
FULL ARTICLE (Al Jazeera English) 
Photo: United Nations Photo/Flickr

UN’s peacekeeping offensive in DRC | Inside Story

Renewed fighting has broken out around Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, close to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda.

And UN peacekeepers are taking a more combative role as fighting escalates in the DR Congo.

Its elite intervention brigade, which has been given a robust mandate to take on armed groups, has been drawn into the fight, changing the dynamic of the conflict in DRC’s troubled east and raising questions about the UN’s aggressive new military mandate.

FULL ARTICLE (Al Jazeera English) 

Photo: United Nations Photo/Flickr

17 Apr
Lubumbashi Takeover: “Governance by substitution” in the DRC
By Marc-Andre Lagrange, Senior Analyst, Central Africa 
The unexpected occupation of Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by 440 Mai-Mai fighters last month is another sign of the central government’s lack of capacity to govern, ensure security or pursue reform. The occupation, which resulted in 35 dead and 53 wounded, serves as a reminder that the country’s crisis is not limited to North Kivu, in eastern Congo, or to warlords.
By raising the flag of the state of Katanga (independent from 1960-1963) on Moïse Tshombe Square in the centre of Lubumbashi, the Mai-Mai Bakata Katanga group performed a powerful symbolic act. Katangan separatism has haunted Congolese politics since  independence in June 1960. The province is the country’s economic crown jewel, as industrial mining activities are concentrated there.
But despite Katanga’s (and Lubumbashi’s) strategic importance, Mai-Mai Bakata Katanga entered the city with no resistance from the security forces and no protest from the population. The provincial and national governments were taken by surprise.
FULL POST (The African Peacebuilding Agenda)
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Lubumbashi Takeover: “Governance by substitution” in the DRC

By Marc-Andre Lagrange, Senior Analyst, Central Africa 

The unexpected occupation of Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by 440 Mai-Mai fighters last month is another sign of the central government’s lack of capacity to govern, ensure security or pursue reform. The occupation, which resulted in 35 dead and 53 wounded, serves as a reminder that the country’s crisis is not limited to North Kivu, in eastern Congo, or to warlords.

By raising the flag of the state of Katanga (independent from 1960-1963) on Moïse Tshombe Square in the centre of Lubumbashi, the Mai-Mai Bakata Katanga group performed a powerful symbolic act. Katangan separatism has haunted Congolese politics since  independence in June 1960. The province is the country’s economic crown jewel, as industrial mining activities are concentrated there.

But despite Katanga’s (and Lubumbashi’s) strategic importance, Mai-Mai Bakata Katanga entered the city with no resistance from the security forces and no protest from the population. The provincial and national governments were taken by surprise.

FULL POST (The African Peacebuilding Agenda)

Read this blog post in French

Photo: Flickr/hdptcar

18 Mar

Watch Marc-Andre Lagrange, Crisis Group’s Central Africa senior analyst, in Al Jazeera Inside Story’s “Rape in DR Congo: A ‘weapon of war’”. 

11 Jan

Thierry Vircoulon, Directeur du projet Afrique centrale, discute les solutions possibles pour améliorer la crise dans les Kivus. Photo: United Nations Photo/Flickr

18 Dec
RDC : Une carte interactive pour suivre le conflit du Kivu | Courrier International
Le think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) propose une carte interactive pour visualiser la crise entre les rebelles du M23 et l’armée régulière congolaise à l’Est de la République démocratique du Congo. Un outil qui permet de mettre “une géographie” sur un conflit complexe.
ARTICLE COMPLET (Courrier International)

RDC : Une carte interactive pour suivre le conflit du Kivu | Courrier International

Le think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) propose une carte interactive pour visualiser la crise entre les rebelles du M23 et l’armée régulière congolaise à l’Est de la République démocratique du Congo. Un outil qui permet de mettre “une géographie” sur un conflit complexe.

ARTICLE COMPLET (Courrier International)

17 Dec
Africa In Turmoil Again: Why The US Holds The Key To The Heart Of The Continent | International Business Times
By Jacey Fortin
The Obama administration is facing pressure to intervene, particularly by taking stronger actions to convince Rwandan President Paul Kagame to give up his constant campaign of DRC destabilization.
“If we keep trying the old solutions again and again, it will not work,” said Fabienne Hara, the Vice President of Multilateral Affairs at the International Crisis Group. “If we send people to negotiate and they reach an agreement, in two or three years’ time we will have another crisis.”
FULL ARTICLE (International Business Times)
Photo: Graham Holliday/Flickr

Africa In Turmoil Again: Why The US Holds The Key To The Heart Of The Continent | International Business Times

By Jacey Fortin

The Obama administration is facing pressure to intervene, particularly by taking stronger actions to convince Rwandan President Paul Kagame to give up his constant campaign of DRC destabilization.

“If we keep trying the old solutions again and again, it will not work,” said Fabienne Hara, the Vice President of Multilateral Affairs at the International Crisis Group. “If we send people to negotiate and they reach an agreement, in two or three years’ time we will have another crisis.”

FULL ARTICLE (International Business Times)

Photo: Graham Holliday/Flickr

11 Dec

Entretien avec Thierry Vircoulon, chercheur pour Crisis Group, au sujet des négotiations entre le M23 et la gouvernment de l’RDC.

(Al Qarra TV)

6 Dec

Clashes in Eastern DR Congo, April-November 2012 

View fighting in eastern DR Congo in a larger map.

(Source: crisisgroup.org)