Next Steps on Congo

Next Steps on Congo

The Obama administration should begin implementing the Obama Law by appointing a special envoy to the Great Lakes Region.

Film: Pushing The Elephant

Film: Pushing The Elephant

When civil war came to Rose’s Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona.

Justice In The Congo & Great Lakes Region: A Legal Framework

Justice In The Congo & Great Lakes Region: A Legal Framework

Impunity, lack of accountable and injustices have reigned in the Great Lakes Region for the past 16 years. The United Nations published a report that calls for the establishment of an international mechanism that will deliver justice to the people of the region who have suffered at the hands of armed groups and regional militias and armies. Experts from the American Bar Association and the National Lawyers Guild will weigh in on this matter by proposing a way forward for both local and international stakeholders in delivering justice to the people of Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Briefing: Rwandan Elections and Implications for The Great Lakes Region

President Obama said, in his 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, that America should support strong institutions and not strong men.  However in the case of Rwanda, this has been no more than rhetoric.  Rwandans, like most Africans, cheered Obama’s election, hoping that it might signal a new, more peaceful and cooperative relationship between the U.S. and Africa, but Obama has expanded AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command, and now he remains silent as Rwanda’s strongman, President Paul Kagame, prepares a sham presidential election to retain his brutal grip on power.

DR Congo: Independence 50 Years Later

DR Congo: Independence 50 Years Later

Intermingled frustration, disgust, African pride, and human compassion marked the 50th anniversary of the troubled nation’s independence from Belgium.

The Court of Last Resort

The Court of Last Resort

The United States has a chance to bring war criminals to justice — if it supports the International Criminal Court at the upcoming review conference in Kampala.

Arts Event: Congolese Filmmaker and Social Activist Petna Ndaliko

Petna Ndaliko, one of seven internationally recognized Congolese filmmakers, will show two short films and engage in a discussion about the conflict in the Congo with a specific focus on media coverage and representation of the Congo people.

Petna Ndaliko in his own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugVU-ncIcGc

This event is cosponsored by Congo Global Action, Friends of Congo, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Visit Congoweek.org or call 202-584-6512 for more information. You can also contact IPS at 202 234-9382×232.

Panel Discussion: The Future of U.S. Military Involvement in Africa: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) officially began one year ago. This new command has been active in its first year training troops throughout the continent, providing supplies, and even building schools. AFRICOM has both raised great support and harsh criticism throughout Africa and in the United States.

Panelists:

Ambassador William J. Garvelink, US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Prosper Bunzigiye, Congolese Human Rights Activist
Lauren Ploch, Congressional Research Services
Moderated by Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alyssa (Alyssa@ips-dc.org)

This event is co-sponsored by SAIS African Studies and the Institute for Policy Studies.

AFRICOM’s Ugandan Blunder

The Pentagon touts a victory for the Africa Command’s support of a recent Ugandan incursion into Congo. Media reports suggest otherwise.