While conflict minerals are certainly an important factor in Congo's conflict, guest blogger Laura Seay is not convinced they're the most important factor.
The plan for formalizing Congo's mining industry relies on the removal of armed groups from the process, but that is a difficult task.
There is widespread misunderstanding in Congo about US legislation targeting conflict minerals.
Congolese President Joseph Kabila altered Congo's election laws, eliminating the run-off system and allowing the candidate with a plurality to claim the presidency.
Recent fighting between the Congolese Army and the FDLR rebel group may be motivated by the military's desire to control minerals in the eastern Congo, writes ENOUGH blogger, Fidel Bafilemba.