Issue 11: Managing Spoilers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This Policy Brief analyses spoilers in peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and how to manage them. It posits that managing spoilers in a hybrid conflict requires a comprehensive, tailored, and sensitive approach. Spoilers pose the biggest threat to peace efforts in the DRC and adequate spoiler management is paramount in creating sustainable peace in the volatile country. A correct diagnosis of each spoiler, a clear understanding of the spoilers’ tactics, funding, and motivations, and a proper balance between including and excluding certain spoilers are among the steps that peace negotiators in the DRC should take to foster a more sustainable peace.

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