Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783603695 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603701 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Congo's Violent Peace

Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War

Kris Berwouts

Congo's Violent Peace

Kris Berwouts

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256 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2017
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783603695 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603701 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Despite a massive investment of international diplomacy and money in recent years, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a conflict-ridden and volatile country, marked by a series of rebellions, failed international interventions, and unworkable peace agreements.
 
 In Congo's Violent Peace, leading Congo expert Kris Berwouts provides the most comprehensive and in-depth account to date of developments since the so-called Congo Wars. Berwouts analyzes such topics as Rwanda’s destructive impact on security in Eastern Congo, the controversial elections of 2006 and 2011, the M23 uprising, as well as Joseph Kabila’s increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power. This will be an essential resource for anyone interested in this troubled, but important, country.
 
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Acronyms
Maps
Introduction
1. The Resemblance of a State in a State of Ruin
2. In Search of Root Causes
3. The Elections of 2006
4. Umoja Wetu and Kagame’s Brave New World
5. The 2011 Election
6. The M23 Misadventure
7. Towards New Elections or New Violence?
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Théodore Trefon, author of Congo Masquerade
“Berwouts’s convincing arguments stem from his unparalleled field experience and his culturally sensitive capacity to listen to and decode the messages of both agents and victims of conflict.”
Séverine Autesserre, author of The Trouble with the Congo and Peaceland
“Essential reading for all those who want to understand the current situation in Congo. Berwouts is an astute observer with profound insights and a wealth of knowledge on the country. Congo’s Violent Peace has all the makings of a classic.”
Denis Mukwege, women’s rights activist and gynecologist in eastern Congo
“Berwouts is one of the very rare analysts who write what the population in eastern Congo thinks and feels.”
David Van Reybrouck, author of Congo: The Epic History of a People
“Few people have a better grasp of the key players than Kris Berwouts. From diplomat parties to refugee camps, from warlords to the presidential entourage, this book is essential reading for anyone truly interested in the DRC.”
Crawford Young, author of Politics in Congo: Decolonization and Independence
“Will become indispensable reading for those seeking an understanding of the two decades of sporadic civil strife in the eastern borderlands of Congo. . . . This prospective volume is without doubt an authoritative work.”
Foreign Affairs
“Berwouts’ savvy history explores how the Democratic Republic of the Congo has changed since the official end of the war that devastated the country from the late 1990s to the early years of this century.”
Choice
“Berwouts paints in broad historical strokes, leavened by ample detail. The seven chapters deal with Congo’s precipitous independence and collapse; root causes of the country’s decay; the 2006 elections, held under a shaky coalition backed up by external funds; Rwanda’s surprise 2009 invasion and its aftermath; the 2011 election, which failed to reduce conflicts; the ‘misadventure’ of M23 and its shadowy links to Rwanda; and problems inherent in mounting another election.”
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