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Is international peacebuilding the real barrier to peace in the DRC? Fresh perspectives on building peace in Eastern DRC seminar

Contributors at the seminar from left: Moderator Iina Soiri NAI; speaker Séverine Autessserre, Columbia University; MP Katarina Köhler; MP Désirée Pethrus; Maria Eriksson Baaz, NAI; Elisabeth Hedin, Sida; Eva Areskoug, MFA and speaker Pieter Vanholder, LPI

The largest and the most expensive UN peacekeeping operation to date, the first joint European Union military action, the first arrests and trials of the International Criminal Court – these are only some of the highlights describing international interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In spite of all of the intense international efforts, sustainable peace is far from people’s reality. Why is that so and how can Sweden contribute to the success of international involvement in the DRC?

The seminar organized by Life & Peace Institute and its partners, The Nordic Africa Institute, DiakoniaKvinna till Kvinna and PMU on the 6th of May at Swedish Parliament House examined these questions in order to shed light on opportunities and challenges of building peace in Eastern DRC. Hosts for the seminar were MP Désirée Pethrus from the Christian Democratic Party and MP Katarina Köhler, from the Social Democratic Party. The audience consisted of Swedish parliamentarians, Sida  and Ministry for Foreign Affairs officials and representatives of Folke Bernadotte Academy and Sipri among many others.

Speakers: Séverine Autesserre, Associate Professor at Columbia University, USA and a renowned international Congo expert, Pieter Vanholder, DRC Country Director for the Life & Peace Institute

Panel: Eva Areskoug, Deputy Director, Great Lakes Desk, Africa Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Elisabeth Hedin, Senior Policy Specialist Human Security, Sida, Maria Eriksson Baaz, Senior Researcher, The Nordic Africa Institute

The seminar was moderated by Iina Soiri, Director of Nordic Africa Institute.

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