On 19 May 2015, the Rift Valley Institute Nairobi Forum, in collaboration with the Institut français de recherches en Afrique, hosted a discussion to launch the French edition of Philip Winter’s A Sacred Cause: The Inter Congolese Dialogue 2000-2003. The Inter Congolese Dialogue was the process of negotiations between the government in Kinshasa, opposition members, the rebel groups, and civil society groups that established the relative peace the DRC continues to enjoy today. Philip was joined by Gérard Prunier, historian and author of Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide and Continental War: The “Congolese” Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary Africa.
Philip and Gérard reflected on the factors that made the ICD a success, and explored what lessons can be drawn from the ICD process to inform the ongoing South Sudanese peace talks. Elizabeth Ashamu Deng of Amnesty International moderated, and Marius Mufuta of Hekima College Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations joined as a discussant.
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng
Hekima College Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations