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An Old King for the Congo

Here's a piece I co-wrote with Marcel Dirsus in Foreign Affairs about the current political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

On December 20, the Democratic Republic of Congo, which had been a democracy for the past decade (flawed though it was), lost that distinction. The backsliding of democracy in the country was preventable; it unfolded slowly and under the watch of the international community. DRC President Joseph Kabila, faced with the end of his constitutional mandate, had two options: call elections or resort to repression to stay in power. He chose the latter.