DRC: Cutting off Kabila’s Cobalt Fix

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Joseph Kabila has promised new elections, but recent moves regarding the DRC’s mining code suggest he may have other plans.

New Ethnic Clashes Erupt in DR Congo

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Renewed violence between the Hema and Lendu tribes is drawing disturbing parallels to one of the bloodiest wars in Africa’s history.

Cobalt Draws Reluctant Carmakers Back to a Wobbly DRC

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Spiking demand for cobalt is taking electric vehicle manufacturers to one of the riskiest operating environments in Africa.

DR Congo’s Political Transition Falters

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The death of a popular opposition politician is allowing the Kabila regime to drag its feet on political transition.

Security Vacuum in Eastern DRC Sapping Economic Potential

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Armed groups continue to prey on local populations in the eastern DRC and frustrate any possibility of economic development.

An Election Crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo Could Mean War

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As the regime of Joseph Kabila heads towards its last year in power, a neighboring head of state has just survived provoking a constitutional crisis in order to avoid stepping down. Does Burundi's constitutional seizure foreshadow an electoral crisis next year in its giant neighbor?

Democratic Republic of Congo Briefing

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A brief overview of the key economic and geopolitical risk factors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Congo Resource Wars

Political map of Congo

This report examines the current war and genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which started in the mid-1990s, placing emphasis on the roles of Western covert operations, corporations and the plundering of resources that has resulted. 

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