Jason Stearns is the author of a new book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa. He has worked on the conflict in the Congo for the past ten years, including work for the United Nations and the International Crisis Group. He originally started work in DRC for the human rights group Heritiers de la Justice. His blog, Congo Siasa, is perhaps the best source for up to date news and analysis on Congolese politics.

Jason joined us on Skype for an exclusive interview to discuss his new book and the different challenges facing DR Congo today, including the upcoming elections, the role of minerals in the conflict and impunity for crimes committed during the Congolese Wars.

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The interview is also available as a podcast (search 'Insight on Conflict' on iTunes).

Interview by Ruairi Nolan, June 2011.