Well into its third decade, the military conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been dubbed a “forever war”— a perpetual cycle of war, civil unrest, and local feuds over power and identity. Millions have died in one of the worst humanitarian calamities of our time.
On March 7, the Africa Security Initiative at Brookings discussed the most recent phase of this conflict, asking why the peace deal of 2003 — accompanied by the largest United Nations peacekeeping mission in the world and tens of billions in international aid — has failed to stop the violence. The event drew from Jason Stearns’ most recent book, “The War That Doesn’t Say Its Name.”
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PanelistMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and StrategyJason K. Stearns Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board - Congo Research Group, Assistant Professor, School for International Studies - Simon Fraser University