New Strategies for Old Conflicts? Lessons in Stabilisation from the Democratic Republic of Congo
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Original versionNORDEM THEMATIC PAPER series, NORDEM, June 2016
Until 2013, the International Security and Stabilisation Support Strategy in the Democratic Republic of Congo focused mainly on infrastructure and the training and deployment of police officers. This did not result in more stability. The strategy has been criticised for providing technical solutions to political problems. The revised strategy engages communities and authorities at local and national level in dialogues in order to identify causes and develop solutions to conflicts. It provides the first coherent and thorough approach to stabilisation in DRC, an exit strategy for MONUSCO and an opportunity for learning for other UN operations.