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Policy Document “Stabilising the Congo”

RSC Policy Briefing 8 (December 2011)

Stabilising the Congo



Written by Emily Paddon (University of Oxford) and Guillaume Lacaille (independent expert), this policy briefing considers the ‘stabilisation approach’ adopted by both the international community and national government to address the continued insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


Considering stabilisation also offers a way of conceptualising and engaging with the root causes of displacement. Political implications of the stabilisation agenda are brought into sharper relief by focusing on a single question: stabilisation by whom and for whom? Rather than continuing to support the State unconditionally, the briefing calls on international actors to strengthen and exercise their combined leverage in critical priority areas that together form a comprehensive ‘road map’ to long-term peace and stability following the elections.


The briefing is the outcome of a series of RSC inter-related activities on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that took place in 2010 and 2011, including a special issue of Forced Migration Review (http://www.fmreview.org/DRCongo/) and an experts’ workshop on ‘the dynamics of conflict and forced migration in the DRC’ (http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/experts-workshop-DRC) as well as dissemination and consultations in the DRC.


For feedback, comments, and to request hard copies of the briefing, contact the series editor, Héloïse Ruaudel: heloise.ruaudel@qeh.ox.ac.uk.


All RSC policy briefings are available online: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/publications/policy-briefings.


About Congo Research Network

The Congo Research Network (CRN) is a community of researchers working on DR Congo and its diaspora across the Humanities


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