The Rift Valley Institute’s Great Lakes Course Saturday 22 – Friday 28 June The fourth Great Lakes Course will be held in Jinja, Uganda, from 22 to 28 June 2013. It covers Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the border zone with Uganda. The 2013 course examines the current crisis in the Kivus, the prospects of institutional reform in the DRC, regional resource issues, and political developments in Burundi and Rwanda, and is intended for journalists, diplomats, aid officials, civil society activists and local leaders. The course is in English and French with simultaneous translation. The Director of Studies will be Jason Stearns, whose continuing series of Usalama Project reports on the armed groups of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are available for free download here. The Deputy Director of Studies is Emily Paddon, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Oxford. The core staff this year will include:
- Koen Vlassenroot –– University of Ghent
- Jean Omasombo –– Royal Museum for Central Africa
- Jean-Paul Kimonyo –– Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Rwanda
- Emmanuel de Merode –– Chief Warden, Virunga National Park
- Michael Kavanaugh –– Bloomberg news correspondent, Kinshasa
- Willy Nindorera –– Political analyst, Bujumbura
As well as others, to be announced soon.