n Conflict Trends - What it takes to bring peace to the eastern DRC

Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


One of the latest armed rebellions started in 2012, led by the March 23 Movement (M23) in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was brought to an end - at least momentarily - in late 2013. This is not the first time that we have heard such rhetoric about the 'successful' ceasing of armed conflict in this region - but, for the first time since 1997, the government, with the support of a broad range of regional and international actors, has been an active player in this success story. Although many militias and armed groups still roam the eastern region of the DRC in particular, committing abuses of all sorts and displacing large numbers of the population, the model adopted to defeat M23 shows that peace can be brought to the region when the right mix of political instruments is used and, above all, when political determination prevails. This article analyses the elements that brought M23 to the negotiation table to sign a peace agreement, and highlights the remaining major problems that prevent the complete and lasting stabilisation of the region.

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