Thu, Sep 01, 2011
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Great Lakes Policy Forum: Security Sector Reform in the DRC

Security Sector Reform in the DRC:
Innovations and Complications

Thursday, September 1, 2011
9:30-11:30 am

Council on Foreign Relations
1777 F St. NW,
Washington D.C., 20006

Forum Details:

The United States has been engaged in Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the DRC since 2006.  However, without strong political will to improve security, overall improvement has stagnated.  The Congolese army, the FARDC, is still seen as a factitious group of rebel militias and is still a leading perpetrator of sexual violence.  The police and justice systems are generally viewed as corrupt institutions.  Yet there are creative and innovative projects making changes on the ground.  What is the way forward for SSR in the DRC?  What complications still need to be overcome?


Julie Chalfin
Foreign Affairs Officer, State Department Bureau of African Affairs

Steve McDonald
Director, Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Serge Tshamala
Economic and Defense Counselor, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Sandra Melone
Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground

The Great Lakes Policy Forum is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  All comments are on the record but not for attribution.

Event Location

1777 F St NW
Washington, DC 20006

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