Understanding Armed Group Proliferation in the Eastern Congo


This briefing identifies the main processes underlying the proliferation of armed groups in the eastern Congo. It argues that, paradoxically, the very policies adopted to tackle armed groups have become a source of their proliferation. This includes military operations, which have recently emerged as the main strategy of stabilization. Therefore, there is a need to develop alternative policies that not only aim to convince armed groups to lay down their arms, but also address their wider political and economic support networks. [English and French versions]


Verweijen, J.; Wakenge, C. I. Understanding Armed Group Proliferation in the Eastern Congo. Rift Valley Institute, (2015) 6 pp. [Rift Valley Institute PSRP Briefing Paper 7]

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