"The recently established (although tenuous) peace in Burundi could have a positive effect on events in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and vice versa. Yet the situation in the DRC fluctuates between apparent progress in and collapse of the peace process. Three key questions stand out at this point in the DRC: • What is the current situation? • What are the overall problems and options for SA foreign policy in the DRC? • "What is the likelihood for peace?; and what likely shape could it take?"