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


Sandra Melone
Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground

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