What has the state of siege in eastern DRC achieved?

Tshisekedi’s government is focusing on political reform and suppressing armed groups in the east of the country.

Since reconfiguring the political landscape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), President Felix Tshisekedi’s reforms have included declaring a state of siege to restore security in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces.

What have these moves achieved and what other priorities face the administration ahead of the 2023 presidential elections? This seminar explores political progress since the formation of the ‘Sacred Union’, and the security situation in the east of the country.

Simultaneous English–French interpretation will be available at this event.

Chairperson: Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Researcher and Project Leader, Southern Africa, ISS Pretoria


Col Rt Prospère Nzekani, Resource Person, Comité national de désarmement et de sécurité internationale, Kinshasa, DRC

Remy Kasindi, Director, CRESA (Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Stratégiques en Afrique Centrale), Bukavu, DRC

David Zounmenou, Senior Research Consultant, ISS Pretoria

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The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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