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Can military action fix DR Congo’s conflict?

The M23 rebel army, which seized control of areas along the border with Rwanda, is now establishing its own administration, complete with ministers, committees and local councils. The group is trying to present itself as a new type of Congolese army – as a stabilising and liberating force. But people in the region remain sceptical of their motives. … Inside Story asks: Is military action the answer to this crisis? And what does it mean for security in this volatile region? Joining presenter Ghida Fakhry for the discussion are guests: Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, a lecturer at the school of advanced international studies at Johns Hopkins University; Marie-Roger Biloa, the editor of Africa International, a pan-African magazine; and Jason Stearns, a former UN coordinator of a group of experts on DRC and a director at Rift Valley Institute who has written several books on DRC, including Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa.

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