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The Ebb and Flow of Stabilization in the Congo by Hugo de Vries – RVI PSRP Usalama Project Briefing (2016) Stabilization has become a buzzword in peacekeeping, with UN missions in such diverse environments as Haiti, the Central African Republic, and Mali all claiming it as their central goal. Few of these missions, however, seem to
have a clear understanding of what the concept means in practice. This new briefing paper produced by RVI for the PSRP argued that the revised International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (I4S) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is perhaps the UN’s first coherent, detailed approach to stabilization, focusing on locally relevant drivers of conflict. However the briefing paper argues that implementation has been lacking, and suggests how this could be addressed. The briefing paper is useful for those who are interested in the DRC and also in approaches to stabilisation more generally.