Stabilization has become a buzzword peacekeeping, with UN missions in such diverse environments as Haiti, the Central African Republic, and Mali all claiming it as their central goal. Should it wish, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) could have an excellent test case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for its ideas on stabilization. It is here where the assumptions and activities of stabilization have been tested for longer than in any other peacekeeping environment—and where the UN’s difficulties in moving away from a focus on short-term, technical solutions have become clear.
de Vries, H. The Ebb and Flow of Stabilisation in the Congo. Rift Valley Institute, (2016) 5 pp. [Rift Valley Institute PSRP Briefing Paper 8]