Finding a Lasting Solution to Instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congolese soldiers sit on the back of a truck as it drives through the small town off Walikale, Congo, Sept. 21, 2010. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Johnnie Carson serves as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

As I noted in my recent remarks at the Brookings Institution, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or the DRC, deserves a much higher place on the world’s foreign policy priorities list. Conflict in the DRC has resulted in more than five million deaths since 1998. No other conflict or act of violence since World War II has come anywhere close to taking so many lives. Eastern DRC’s chronic instability also negatively impacts the security, political, economic, and development goals of the country’s nine neighbors. This is one of the reasons why it is imperative for the United States and the international community to work with the DRC and other regional partners to break this cycle of death and suffering and address the consequences of this violence.

The United… more »

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Johnnie Carson delivers remarks on finding a lasting solution to instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/p/af/rls/rm/2013/204511.htm

U.S.-Africa Partnership: The Last Four Years and Beyond

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson observes elections in Dakar, Senegal, February 26, 2012. [U.S. Embassy photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Johnnie Carson serves as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

After more than 40 years of experience in Africa — and the ebbs and flows of hope and conflict — I’ve become ever more optimistic about Africa’s future. As those of you who know me are aware, I like to base my conclusions on analysis and factual observations. Here, too, my optimism is grounded in real developments: expanded democracy, rapid economic growth, and greater security and opportunities for Africa’s people. It’s now realistic to think that the 21st century will not only be shaped in Beijing and Washington, but also in Pretoria, Abuja, Nairobi, and Addis Ababa.

In my January 16 remarks at the Wilson Center, I elaborated about this optimism and the Obama Administration’s policies in Africa. Somalia and South Sudan are two places where no one previously believed… more »

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Johnnie Carson discuss their work at the UN General Assembly in New York. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

Conversations With America: Building Americans’ Engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa

Image for Conversations With America: Building Americans' Engagement With Sub-Saharan Africa webcast, September 10, 2012. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, will hold a conversation with Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress, on “Building Americans’ Engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa.” The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available… more »

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations African Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Statecraft: Embracing Africa’s Market Potential in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

Assistant Secretary Carson to Speak on U.S. Engagement with Nigeria at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 6, 2012


On April 9th, 2012, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson will deliver a keynote speech titled “Nigeria, One Year After Elections.” Assistant Secretary Carson will share his experiences observing Nigerian democracy in action and his perspective on the current socio-economic, political, and security challenges that the country faces. His speech will focus specifically on how Nigeria can address the drivers of insecurity, extremism, and violent conflict. He will also discuss the breadth and complexity of current U.S.-Nigerian cooperation and the future of this important strategic partnership.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC. Media planning to attend can contact Hilary Renner in the Bureau of African Affairs at rennerh@state.gov or CSIS’s Farha Tahir at FTahir@csis.org.

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