Watch or listen to Tony Gambino, former U.S. Agency for International Development mission director in the DRC, and Colin Thomas-Jensen, policy adviser for the ENOUGH Project, discuss this question with Mauro de Lorenzo from the American Enterprise Institute:

Chronic Crisis in Eastern Congo

“The escalation of fighting in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has brought one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises back to the attention of international policymakers. In response, the United Nations (UN) Security Council has authorized three thousand additional troops to reinforce the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC. But even if additional forces can be generated, military might alone is unlikely to end the crisis. What are the underlying causes of the chronic crisis in Eastern Congo, and what further steps might policymakers take to create a lasting solution?”

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