9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kenney Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

After a controversial national election in 2011 and a delayed date for new elections, voters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are expected to head to the polls on December 23rd, 2018, to cast their ballot in presidential, legislative and provincial assembly elections. Tensions around these polls have been high with questions being asked about the eligibility of certain individuals to stand as candidates and the electoral plans being implemented by the election commission.

On August 23rd, Search for Common Ground and Counterpart International co-hosted a panel discussion on the 2018 elections in the DRC.


Alexis Arieff
Analyst, African Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Steven Sharp
Country Director, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Counterpart International
Mike Jobbins
Senior Director, Partnerships and Engagement, Search for Common Ground (moderator)
Mvemba Dizolele
Writer/Foreign Policy/International Affairs Professional – John Hopkins University