Over the last decade, the United States and much of the world has reengaged with the government and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the hope of promoting security and development. This support has included military training and reform, diplomatic engagement to increase regional stability, and millions in foreign assistance. Despite these efforts, the DRC continues to face serious political, security and development challenges. The tense elections of 2011 were followed by violence and chaos. The recent attacks by M23 rebels have destabilized the eastern region and the ongoing humanitarian crisis has been marked by rampant violence against women.
On February 11, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings hosted a conversation with Ambassador Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, on finding a lasting solution to instability in the DRC. Brookings Senior Fellow Mwangi S. Kimenyi, director of the Africa Growth Initiative, provided introductory remarks and Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, director of research for Foreign Policy at Brookings, moderated the discussion.