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The Fate of the DRC Hangs on a Closed-Door Meeting

A last-ditch effort to avert what could be a massive political crisis came to an impasse on Friday — though the deal’s not dead yet.

Dispatch

Congo’s Crackdown Is Just a Preview of Violence to Come

Joseph Kabila is taking advantage of the opposition's mistakes to extend his rule. But armed militias may be the eventual winners.

Report

Defusing a Ticking Time Bomb in Kinshasa

An opposition leader in exile, a group of Catholic bishops-turned-diplomats, and the ‘last best hope’ to avert the coming crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Argument

Too Little, Too Late

International donors spent $70 million to shore up democracy in the DRC. Here’s why it made little difference.

Dispatch

Kabila’s Trump Card

The U.S. president-elect probably can’t find Congo on a map. For embattled President Joseph Kabila, that’s tremendous news.

Passport

Poll: Support for Congo’s Embattled President Kabila Slides to 7.8 Percent

As an overwhelming majority opposes amending the constitution so he can seek a third term.

Passport

How an Illegal Caterpillar Tax Left Twenty People Dead in Congo

Clashes broke out after an illegal caterpillar tax was imposed on the marginalized Pygmy population.

Passport

Top Congolese Official Blasts Washington for Pulling Embassy Staff’s Family Members

A top aide to President Joseph Kabila told FP there is no tension in Congo and that Americans should feel safe there.

Passport

Congo Won’t Organize Elections, But Wants to Sell This New Plan Instead

Congolese officials won't announce election dates, but want to sell the international community on a transitional government instead.

Dispatch

Congo’s President Is Preparing for War Against His Own People

Joseph Kabila isn’t preparing for new elections to pick a successor. He’s steeling himself for massive popular unrest by stocking up on riot gear and water cannons.

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