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Vol 54 No 21

Published 18th October 2013

Security crises threaten economic success

A new model for intervention forces emerges in Congo-Kinshasa, as financial pressures mount on other UN operations

A team of ambassadors from the United Nations Security Council flew from New York to Congo-Kinshasa, just as the season of UN General Assembly debates and high-level meetings was ending on 4 October. The urgency of their mission – to shore up UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa's biggest country – reflects a more generalised concern: a resurgence of security crises across the continent. Some of the countries with the highest growth rates, such as Nigeria, Congo-Kinshasa, Ethiopia and Rwanda face severe domestic insurgencies or are embroiled in conflicts in neighbouring states.

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