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Fri, Oct 26, 2018

‘Conflict gold’ fueling war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Militias and warlords are selling gold to fund their military activities and political control in eastern Congo and their illicit trade is not just flowing to the black market, but “may be coming here to the United States as well as Europe,” Sasha Lezhnev, deputy director of policy for the Enough Project, explained.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Democratic Republic of the Congo

Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Congo’s conflict gold trade: recent findings and recommendations for the future

On October 24, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center partnered with The Sentry at the Enough Project to host a discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s conflict gold trade, occasioned by the release of the group’s new report: The Golden Laundromat. Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

Below the surface, a game changer in Congolese politics

“Shikata,” or “remain seated” in Swahili, claim the posters on Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s effigy in the streets of Lubumbashi. But while everyone’s attention is focused on the regime’s contortions to stay in power, despite constitutional impediments to doing so and deep domestic discontent, the 2015 break-up of Congo’s existing provinces has upended politics below […]

AfricaSource by Pierre Englebert

Africa Corruption

Wed, May 30, 2018

Congolese opposition unify ahead of presidential elections

Democratic Republic of the Congo opposition leaders Moïse Katumbi and Felix Tshisekedi are on a US and European tour to lobby for further sanctions against the regime of President Joseph Kabila and for continued Western pressure towards free and fair elections, scheduled for December. They have formed an alliance which, they hope, can unite the […]

AfricaSource by Pierre Englebert

Africa Corruption

Wed, May 23, 2018

Discussion with the Congolese opposition

On Wednesday, May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion with Mr. Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, former governor of Katanga Province and leader of Ensemble pour le changement, a new political movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Mr. Félix Tshisekedi, president of the Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS), […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Gécamines chairman discusses the DRC’s new mining code

On Friday, April 13, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable with Mr. Albert Yuma Mulimbi, chairman of Gécamines and president of the Congolese Business Federation (Fédération des Entreprises du Congo). In his prepared remarks (official document attached), Mr. Yuma emphasized the importance of the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The rush for battery resources

The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is already underway, and its pace is expected to increase in the coming years. The number of EVs on the road worldwide is projected to grow from one million this year to 24.4 million by 2030. Such growth in the EV fleet will require a significant expansion of battery […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Reed Blakemore and Jens Jessen

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Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Disrupting illicit financial flows in Congo

On Thursday, October 19, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, in collaboration with The Sentry at the Enough Project, hosted a discussion on illicit financial flows in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), occasioned by the release of the group’s new report: The Terrorist’s Treasury. Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Corruption

Thu, Oct 5, 2017

Briefing on the Electoral Commission’s plans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On Thursday, October 5, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted an exclusive briefing with Mr. Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo, President of the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham welcomed guests and introduced Mr. Nangaa. In his remarks, Mr. […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Roundtable Discussion with Moïse Katumbi

On Thursday, February 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Moïse Katumbi, joint opposition candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and former governor of Katanga Province, for a roundtable discussion on the evolving political situation in the country. Vice President and Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham welcomed participants […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo