As Tuareg rebels said they were not ready to sign a planned peace deal with the government on Wednesday, towns like this in desperately poor north Mali hold clues to what greater autonomy in this region would be like.

Read the full Thompson Reuters Foundation article As peace deal looms, rebels still control parts of north Mali

Apr 14, 2015
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) is about to step down as U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa. At a time when the Obama administration’s foreign policy appears frustrated in the Middle East and stymied in Eastern Europe, Feingold has played an important role for the U.S. government in addressing one of the world’s worst human rights and humanitarian crises. The Obama administration needs to keep the momentum going.

Mar 06, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Flying into Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the early days of 2015, foreign diplomats could be excused for being disoriented. The news in the international press was focused on an impending offensive against Rwandan rebels in the east of the country, an area to which the United Nations peacekeeping mission––the largest in the world––had just relocated most of its troops and staff.

Mar 02, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Rwanda, once a byword for peacekeeping disasters after the 1994 genocide, today plays a disproportionate role in regional efforts to prevent conflict and protect civilians.

Read the full All Africa article Africa's Unlikely Protectors

Feb 01, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila’s rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year.

Read the full Zambia Reports article Kabila’s Attempt at Life President for Congo Blocked

Jan 28, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year.

Read the full Global Post article Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila's coalition

Jan 26, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Crises

Could sending more troops to eastern DR Congo help the region, or will it worsen an existing humanitarian crisis?

Watch the full Al-Jazeera video DR Congo braces for new troop offensive

Feb 02, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced the formation of a new government on Sunday in a shake-up apparently aimed at broadening his political base ahead of a possible constitutional showdown.

Read the full Reuters article Congo's Kabila names new government in bid to broaden political base

Dec 07, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition parties are united in their demands that President Joseph Kabila should not stay in power when his term ends in 2016 but personal rivalries and infighting are hobbling efforts to mount an effective campaign.

Read the full Daily Mail article Congo's fractious opposition struggles to mobilise against Kabila

Dec 10, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States

Many things can shut down a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – collapses, toxic gases, and, it turns out, the Dodd-Frank act.

Read the full Marketplace article The long arms of a U.S. law reach Congo

Dec 11, 2014
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States

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