There is a nervous crescendo building up on the streets of Kinshasa ahead of December 19, the day President Joseph Kabila is supposed to step down. Diplomats are sending their families on early Christmas vacations and the Congolese franc has depreciated by about 25 per cent against the US dollar.

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo - It began a little before midnight, a few whistles blown by people standing on dimly lit porches in Congo's sprawling riverside capital. By the turn of the hour, the protesters' ranks had swelled to several thousand, some of them rattling pots and pans in a brave act of civil disobedience as President Joseph Kabila's second - and what was supposed to be his final - mandate expired.

Dec 22, 2016
Mélanie Gouby, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up.

Dec 19, 2016
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Police forces, Congo

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In the Congo, President Joseph Kabila has engineered artificial delays in the election process to extend his stay in power, and the opposition has called for massive protests on Dec. 19, when his mandate was supposed to end.

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns, Herbert Weiss, Francesca Bomboko
Sub-Saharan Africa
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He pledged to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS and suggested that America wouldn’t automatically defend its NATO allies, but beyond that Donald Trump hardly mentioned foreign policy on his renegade march to the White House. Sub-Saharan Africa barely registered, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), well, it might as well not exist.

Nov 18, 2016
Jason Stearns

Research in Liberia and South Sudan will inform policy on how to improve peacebuilding in Africa and globally.

Nov 09, 2016
Amanda Lucey
Sub-Saharan Africa

Une enquête met en cause le comportement des casques bleus en marge des affrontements qui ont éclaté à Juba, la capitale, en juillet. Le chef de la mission a été relevé de ses fonctions.

Nov 02, 2016
Alexandra Novosseloff
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations
© AFP Photo/Desirey Minkoh

© AFP Photo/Desirey Minkoh

The Bureau d’Études, de Recherches, et Consulting International (BERCI) and the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University conducted a nationally representative political opinion poll across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Between May and September 2016, researchers interviewed 7,545 people in face-to-face interviews. Some of our main findings are:

Nov 02, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Congo Research Group (CRG)

Congo Research Group (CRG) is an independent, non-profit research project dedicated to understanding the violence that affects millions of Congolese.  It carries out rigorous research on different aspects of the conflict. Its first report, for example, investigated who is behind a series of massacres in the Beni region, while others reports look at links between elections and conflict, and at armed groups in the Kivus region. All of its research is informed by deep historical and social knowledge of the problem at hand, and it often invests months of field research, speaking with hundreds of people to produce a report. Based at CIC, the CRG publishes in English and French.

Visit the CRG website for access to reports and more info.

Four months before the end of the mandate of President Joseph Kabila, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the edge of a deep political crisis. The government has created multiple artificial delays in the electoral process, making it impossible to respect the constitution and hold fair and transparent elections before the end of the year. Furthermore, the Constitutional Court has issued a controversial interpretation of the constitution that authorizes President Kabila to remain in power until his successor is elected.

Aug 22, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

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