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This brief considers the 'stabilisation approach' adopted by both the international community and national government to address the continued insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Considering stabilisation offers a way of conceptualising and engaging with the root causes of displacement. Political implications of the stabilisation agenda are brought into sharper relief by focusing on a single question: stabilisation by whom and for whom? Rather than continuing to support the State unconditionally, the brief calls on international actors to strengthen and exercise their combined leverage in critical priority areas that together form a comprehensive 'road map' to long-term peace and stability following the elections.

Written by Emily Paddon (University of Oxford) and Guillaume Lacaille (Independent expert), the brief is the outcome of a series of RSC inter-related activities on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that took place in 2010 and 2011, including a special issue of Forced Migration Review and an experts' workshop on 'The dynamics of conflict and forced migration in the DRC'.

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