DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?

Jan 18 2017 10:00 am
America/New York
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 18, 10am
Location: 
Atlantic Council Africa Center 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor

DRC’s CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?

A conversation with:
Dr. Pierre Englebert

H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and Professor of Politics
Pomona College

Mr. Sasha Lezhnev
Associate Director of Policy
Enough Project

Dr. J. Peter Pham
Director, Africa Center;
Vice President
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Ms. Bronwyn Bruton

Director, Africa Center Research and Programs;
Deputy Director, Africa Center
Atlantic Council

In partnership with the Enough Project, please join the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center for a discussion on the ongoing political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the wake of the December 31 deal between the country’s political opposition and President Joseph Kabila, who failed to respect the constitutionally-mandated end of his term in office on December 19.

Brokered by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), the deal would have Kabila stepping down by the end of 2017. In the meantime, the political opposition would play a role in the transitional government, elections would be organized, and political prisoners would be freed. However, so far the implementation of the agreement has been hesitant, casting doubt on Kabila’s commitment to the process.

The discussion will provide an update on the unfolding situation in the country and how the US can best support the political transition.

To learn more and RSVP, visit 

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/events/upcoming-events/detail/drc%E2%80%99s-cenco-agreement-a-foundation-for-real-political-transition