Gaza and Goma are dominating the agenda at the UN today. Here's the latest on both crises.
I recently caught up with the head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Lasdous. In the conversation below, Mr. Lasdous discusses some of the hotspots in which peackeeping is currently engaged--or may engage in the future.
The situation in eastern Congo remains tense as hundreds of defectors return to the national army, but many of the commanders remain at large, including Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.
President Joseph Kabila has won out against his many, many opponents to claim another term as the leader of the DRC. His primary opponent, Etienne Tshisekedi, took 32% of the vote, but it looks like Tshisekedi may be declaring himself president anyway. Results may be out, but the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are far from over.
To say that this current round of elections in the DRC are not proceeding as smoothly as planned would be an understatement.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to have national elections on Monday 28 November 2011. It will be a messy, complicated affair. But this post should help clarify what's different this time around.
More progress in the global fight against preventable childhood illness like pneumonia.
Rape is once again deployed as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On New Years day, at least 33 women in the South Kivu province were sexually assaulted by a roving militia.
Despite the continued need for civilian protection, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is actually in the process of shutting down.