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Author: Aaron Hall

Coming Clean: A Proposal for Getting Conflict Minerals Certification on Track

Coming Clean: A Proposal for Getting Conflict Minerals Certification on Track
Tremendous strides have been made in recent years to cut the conflict minerals trade in eastern Congo. In the past four years, governments, nonprofits, and private sector actors in Africa, the U.S., and Europe have built regulatory frameworks and stimulated the global market for responsibly sourced minerals. This report explores how to get the certification process on track in order to bring peace, security, and regional economic growth to the region ...
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Beyond Kampala: Creating a Legitimate Peace Process for Eastern Congo

Beyond Kampala: Creating a Legitimate Peace Process for Eastern Congo
This dispatch is based on research and interviews conducted by the author in Kampala, Uganda between September 11–18, 2013 at the site of Kampala Peace Talks between the Government of Congo and the M23. It is part of an ongoing Enough Project series on issues related to the peace process in Congo and the Great Lakes region ...
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Can Face-to-Face Meetings in Kampala Resuscitate Dying Peace Talks Between Congo and M23?

Can Face-to-Face Meetings in Kampala Resuscitate Dying Peace Talks Between Congo and M23?
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rebel group M23 rebel group have renewed peace talks in Kampala, Uganda, under pressure from the regional facilitating body the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, or ICGLR, and the United Nations Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson ...
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Field Dispatch: The Need for a Single Peace Process in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

Field Dispatch: The Need for a Single Peace Process in Africa's Great Lakes Region
This report is based on recent field research conducted by Enough Project field staff in Uganda, at the site of the Kampala Peace Talks, and on the front lines of combat between the Congolese military and M23 rebels near the area of Mutaho, just north of Goma, North Kivu province. It addresses the escalating security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and calls for a single, coordinated peace process to ensure peace in the region ...
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The Hill Op-ed: Obama’s Africa Visit, Turning Rhetoric into Reality in the Great Lakes Region

The Hill Op-ed: Obama's Africa Visit, Turning Rhetoric into Reality in the Great Lakes Region
President Obama recently concluded his six-day trip to the African continent, ticking off successful stops in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania ...
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Coordinated International Leverage: The Missing Element from Congo’s Peace Process

Coordinated International Leverage: The Missing Element from Congo's Peace Process
Editor's note: This paper is the final installment in the Enough Project's three-part series on the process, substance, and leverage necessary to create a path toward a viable peace in eastern Congo and the wider region ...
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A Broadened Peace Process Is Needed in Congo

A Broadened Peace Process Is Needed in Congo
This paper is the first in a three part series on the process, leverage, and substance necessary to create a path towards a viable peace in eastern Congo and the surrounding region ...
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War Drums Continue to Beat in Eastern Congo as Rebels, Government Announce Changes

War Drums Continue to Beat in Eastern Congo as Rebels, Government Announce Changes
A tenuous stalemate in eastern Congo remains in place between the Congolese army, or FARDC, and the growing insurgency of the Rwanda-backed M23. However, a series of recent events might signal escalation towards conflict in advance of regional talks or further international intervention ...
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New Evidence of Links from Rwanda and Uganda to Congo Rebels: What’s the Impact?

New Evidence of Links from Rwanda and Uganda to Congo Rebels: What’s the Impact?
A recent confidential from the U.N. Group of Experts on Congo was leaked to Reuters yesterday that shows further evidence of Rwandan support to the M23 rebellion in eastern Congo. The report builds on earlier indictments of Rwanda's involvement in the ongoing rebellion and implicates the Ugandan government as well. What impact could this new evidence have on regional and international handling of the crisis? ...
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A Diplomatic Gambit: A Proposal for Moving Peace Talks Forward in Eastern Congo

A Diplomatic Gambit: A Proposal for Moving Peace Talks Forward in Eastern Congo
The ongoing conflict in eastern Congo is at a critical turning point, and the risk of renewed international war hangs in the balance. In this brief, the Enough Project urges international actors to push for a revitalized peace process between Congo and the Rwanda-backed M23 rebellion to prevent the current conflict from further escalating ...
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