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Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Aligning Trade and Security Interventions

Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Aligning Trade and Security Interventions

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Mineral resources have played a crucial role in fuelling protracted armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This Policy Paper examines the prospects for and interactions between various trade- and security-related initiatives that are aimed at demilitarizing the supply chains of key minerals. It also describes the changing context in which such initiatives operate. Finally, it offers policy recommendations for how the Congolese Government and international actors can coordinate and strengthen their responses in order to break resource–conflict links in eastern DRC.
Mineral resources have played a crucial role in fuelling protracted armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This Policy Paper examines the prospects for and interactions between various trade- and security-related initiatives that are aimed at demilitarizing the supply chains of key minerals. It also describes the changing context in which such initiatives operate. Finally, it offers policy recommendations for how the Congolese Government and international actors can coordinate and strengthen their responses in order to break resource–conflict links in eastern DRC.

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June 2011SIPRIPolicy Paper
CONFLICT MINERALSIN THE DEMOCRATICREPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
 Aligning Trade and Security Interventions
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STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONALPEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research intoconflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966,SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources,to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.The Governing Board is not responsible for the views expressed in thepublications of the Institute.
GOVERNING BOARD
Göran Lennmarker, Chairman (Sweden)Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar (Indonesia)Dr Vladimir Baranovsky (Russia) Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi (Algeria)Jayantha Dhanapala (Sri Lanka)Susan Eisenhower (United States) Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (Germany)Professor Mary Kaldor (United Kingdom)The Director
DIRECTOR
Dr Bates Gill (United States)
Signalistgatan 9SE-169 70 Solna, SwedenTelephone: +46 8 655 97 00Fax: +46 8 655 97 33Email: sipri@sipri.org Internet: www.sipri.or
 
Conflict Mineralsin the DemocraticRepublic of the Congo
 
 Aligning Trade and Security Interventions
SIPRI Policy Paper No. 27
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June 2011

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