Rachel Sweet

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Rachel Sweet is a postdoctoral academy scholar at Harvard University and will begin as an assistant professor in global affairs at the University of Notre Dame in fall 2019. She has worked with the United Nations Office of the Secretary General-Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, the European Union Delegation to MONUSCO, and the Congo Research Group. Her research focuses on the organization of nonstate armed movements, trafficking, state building and counterinsurgency strategy in complex wars.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Militarizing the Peace: UN Intervention Against Congo’s ‘Terrorist’ Rebels

Editor’s Note: The civil war in Congo remains one of the world's bloodiest and most intractable conflicts. In response, the United Nations has authorized a large, and militarily aggressive, campaign to target rebel forces. Rachel Sweet, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, argues that this intervention is not working. The UN effort often ignores the dynamics of conflict in Congo, and as a result the use of force fails or even backfires.

Daniel Byman