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Finding a Lasting Solution to Instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson

Brookings Institute - Developing Countries - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:00

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February 11, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST

Falk Auditorium
Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

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Over the last decade, the United States and much of the world has reengaged with the government and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the hope of promoting security and development. This support has included military training and reform, diplomatic engagement to increase regional stability, and millions in foreign assistance. Despite these efforts, the DRC continues to face serious political, security and development challenges. The tense elections of 2011 were followed by violence and chaos. The recent attacks by M23 rebels have destabilized the eastern region and the ongoing humanitarian crisis has been marked by rampant violence against women. 

On February 11, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings will host a conversation with Ambassador Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, on finding a lasting solution to instability in the DRC. Brookings Senior Fellow Mwangi S. Kimenyi, director of the Africa Growth Initiative, will provide introductory remarks and Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, director of research for Foreign Policy at Brookings, will moderate the discussion.

After the program, Ambassador Carson will take questions from the audience. This event will be live webcast. You can join the conversation on Twitter using #DRCSolutions.

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K-pop sensation Psy dances into Malaysia's political drama, Gangnam style

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

In an effort to jazz the youth vote in Malaysia ahead of elections in which it faces a very strong opposition, the government called in K-pop sensation Psy.

Afzal Guru execution prompts clashes, leaving three more dead in Kashmir

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

Despite a curfew, clashes broke out in India-controlled Kashmir as locals protested against what they consider the wrongful conviction of Mohammed Afzal Guru in an attack on India's Parliament in 2001.

Syrian opposition leader extends talks offer to Assad regime

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

The Syrian National Coalition leader yesterday nailed down details of his offer of talks, first proposed last month. The UN called the offer 'the most promising thing we've heard on Syria recently.'

Caliber Collection fashions jewelry to take guns off the streets

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

Jessica Mindich designs jewelry made from guns confiscated by the Newark, N.J. police. In turn she donates money to back to the police department to get more guns off the street.

Is Haiti's musician turned president cracking down on carnival songs?

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

In a country where past carnival songs have predicted the fate of governments, lyrics are viewed as the social and political pulse of Haiti. Some bands behind controversial tunes say they were disinvited from this year's carnival.

Palm oil casualty? 14 pygmy elephants fall prey to pesticides in Borneo

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

Malaysian wildlife officials say 14 dead pygmy elephants were found last month in Borneo, apparently poisoned by chemicals used by farmers on the country's massive palm-oil plantations.

French, Malian troops regain control of Gao after rebels raid by canoe (+video)

Christian Science Monitor (World) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35

Islamist rebels slipped into the strategic city of Gao by crossing the Niger River with canoes over the weekend.

“Argo” Wins at Baftas and Is Big Oscar Favorite

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” was established as top favorite for the Oscars by winning in the British Academy Film Awards’ most prestigious categories against Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

Mexican Leftist Leader Launches Campaign Against Oil Industry Reforms

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35
Former leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched a national campaign in southern Mexico “in defense of the petroleum industry” and against any privatization plans included in the energy reform plan to be debated by Congress this year, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) said.

10 Cops Arrested for Attack on Prosecutor in Mexico

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35
Ten state police officers have been arrested in connection with the attack last week on the Morelos state attorney general that killed three of his bodyguards, Mexican officials said.

Nadal Loses to Zeballos in Viña del Mar Final

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35
Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos defeated Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the final of the VTR Open in Viña del Mar, Chile.

Pope Benedict XVI to Step Down at End of Month

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:35
Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of this month due to his “advanced age,” the Vatican said Monday.

Africa: Post-2015 Civil Society Consultations - Our Shared Perspectives

All Africa (Sustainable Development) - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:22
[IDS]Yesterday saw the opening of activities related to the High Level Panel (HLP) meeting in Monrovia. Civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the world engaged in discussions about what to present to the High Level Panel at the official CSO Outreach meeting on Wednesday. We were interested to see whether the issues that were being generated through civil society representation, resonated with the early messages that are coming out of our participatory research. These are some of the things that struck


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