Rwanda, Congo and the M23: Explaining violence in the Eastern DRC

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 - 6:00pm


Event Report: Rwanda, Congo and the M23: Explaining violence in the Eastern DRC

The RAS held a very well attended event on Congo, Rwanda and the M23 which sought to explore the roots of the current conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and in particular the role of various alleged actors in exacerbating the conflict such as the Rwandan state, the Congolese government, army and leadership and the M23 movement which currently occupies Goma, one of Congo’s largest cities.

The event was chaired by Megha Mohan, a broadcast journalist at the BBC, with a special interest in Rwanda and the Congo.

The panellists were a balance of academics, civil society actors and commentators – they were Dr Phil Clark, Lecturer in Comparative and International Politics with reference to Africa at SOAS; Fred Robarts, former member of the UN Group of Experts on DRC, Günther von Billerbeck, Director, Africa Practice, G3 (formerly with the UN in Goma). Rwandan-born journalist, Yoletta Nyange and Cissa Wa Numbe, Secretary General of United Nations Association of DR Congo.

The event was held under the Chatham House rule to enable panellists to speak freely.

The panellists gave their own analysis of the situation on the ground, followed by a frequently heated questions and comments session. While we can't discuss the points raised at the meeting, here are some of the responses to the event on twitter:











In the context of the on-going conflict in the eastern DRC, it’s likely that there will be more of these events with the aim of providing analysis and a space for open discussion.

For analysis of Congo and the great lakes region, visit African Arguments

Dele Fatunla
Website Editor, RAS