Sisyphos’s task in the DRC

While working on a mediation support task during the Kampala talks, it became quite evident, that the surprising-not-so-surprising victory of the FARDC over the M23 rebel movement would be a momentous event, not necessarily followed by a thorough process of addressing the root causes of the conflicts in the Eastern DRC. Whilst the strategy might have its benefits, a mix of military support, African solutions, and a wider regional framework for peace and support, it still requires the DRC government to prove that its governance structures in both the political and military sphere are able to address security issues while providing the impetus for economic development and thus peace and security to prevail. However, the initial honeymoon phase of change and transition has already turned into a deja vu exercise of weak institutions and re-arming of rebels (M23 factions are being re-supplied and forming again in the Eastern part of the DRC. ADF and other groups are re-positioning themselves, making the changes for the upcoming elections a daunting task.

Jasons Stearns’ article from December 2013 has a range of interesting points and hints that could form the basis of a renewed analysis and view of the DRC conflict.

Ending Congos Civil War | Foreign Affairs.

Congo, beyond the conflict: Six reasons why it matters – CNN.com

Conflict zones are not just zones of despair, crises, and suffering. There are many shades of grey. And, in order to look beyond the pain and brainstorm creative ideas, it pays off to look at all sides of a story. This article provided by CNN may not be the most sophisticated and in-depth piece of journalism, but we can be thankful to the author to have made the effort of exploring a different side of the story of the D.R. Congo. Enjoy – all copyrights by CNN.

Congo, beyond the conflict: Six reasons why it matters – CNN.com.