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Author: Sasha Lezhnev

MONUSCO—Protection of Civilians: Three recommended improvements

MONUSCO—Protection of Civilians: Three recommended improvements
Although civilian protection is stated to be the highest priority of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, the mission continually struggles to fulfill this mandate. Overall, the failure of the U.N. to deal with the FDLR, as a major factor in regional instability, allows for the eastern Congo crisis to fester. The optimal longer term alteration in MONUSCO’s mandate would be to empower and support it, in coordination with other actors in the region, to end the FDLR threat along the lines of the Ituri “Artemis” model. Given MONUSCO’s current mandate on civilian protection, ...
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Obama Administration to Support Key Part of Fight Against Conflict Minerals: Independent Monitoring

Obama Administration to Support Key Part of Fight Against Conflict Minerals: Independent Monitoring
The Obama administration announced last Thursday that it will support a critical missing link in the fight against conflict minerals: independent monitoring. This is a major step in the long fight against the illegal trade in conflict minerals ...
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Global Post Op-ed: Next Steps You Can Take to Help Stop Joseph Kony

Global Post Op-ed: Next Steps You Can Take to Help Stop Joseph Kony
In this op-ed for Global Post, I outline some steps people moved by "Kony 2012" can take to help end the Lord's Resistance Army ...
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Congo Army Takes Over Key Mines, Now Must Hand Over to Police

Congo Army Takes Over Key Mines, Now Must Hand Over to Police
The Congolese army captured two of the largest minerals mines in eastern Congo last week—the enormous Bisie tin mine and the Omate gold mine. If the objective is to enable conflict-free minerals from Congo to be sold in international markets, the Congolese government should ensure that the army hands these mines over to the mining police as soon as possible ...
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Ensuring Success: Four Steps Beyond U.S. Troops to End the War with the LRA

Ensuring Success: Four Steps Beyond U.S. Troops to End the War with the LRA
This report argues that the U.S. mission to end the Lord’s Resistance Army needs more capable troops, more robust transport and intelligence capabilities, and a two-tiered strategy to encourage defections. The report also calls for an agreement that allows regional troops to deploy in the Democratic Republic of Congo ...
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New Report: Apple Strong on Supply Chain Tracing, Weak on Certification

New Report: Apple Strong on Supply Chain Tracing, Weak on Certification
Apple released its 2012 Sustainability Report last Friday, and it showed that it is doing some things very well on conflict minerals and other things not very well ...
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Congo Bishops: U.S. Conflict Minerals Bill Will Help Livelihoods

Congo Bishops: U.S. Conflict Minerals Bill Will Help Livelihoods
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Congo wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, last week supporting strong regulations for the Dodd-Frank legislation on conflict minerals and combating the notion that the bill is bad for Congolese livelihoods ...
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A Window for Reform in Eastern Congo: November’s Elections and Three Achievable Steps on Conflict Minerals

A Window for Reform in Eastern Congo: November’s Elections and Three Achievable Steps on Conflict Minerals
For peace and stability to take hold in Congo, reform must happen on multiple fronts. The final lead-up to Congo’s elections marks a pivotal moment for reform and conflict prevention in eastern Congo, where success will require increased involvement from the Obama administration, the Congolese government, and corporations, all pushing for conflict minerals monitoring, mine security, and community protection ...
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U.N. Experts to SEC: Conflict Minerals Bill is Working in Congo

U.N. Experts to SEC: Conflict Minerals Bill is Working in Congo
The United Nations Group of Experts on Congo wrote to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday to say, in sum, “Since the signing into law of the Dodd Frank act, a higher proportion then before of tin, tungsten and tantalum mined in the DRC is not funding conflict.” This is a significant statement, coming from an internationally mandated group that has done in-depth research at hundreds of mines across eastern Congo over the past year ...
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U.S. to Fund Livelihoods Project Worth $20 Million in Eastern Congo

U.S. to Fund Livelihoods Project Worth $20 Million in Eastern Congo
Following calls to action from advocates from many corners, USAID has just announced a $20 million livelihoods project in eastern Congo. It is a request for proposals for a four-year program in the Kivus and Orientale provinces, focused on people affected by sexual violence and the conflict minerals trade. Because grassroots communities bear the brunt of the violence in eastern Congo, Enough has called repeatedly for such a project, and we applaud USAID for this initiative ...
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