The African Stakes Of The Congo War / Edition 1

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Overview

The African Stakes of the Congo War analyzes the Congo conflict by looking at the roles played by various states and factors in the conflict. Part I introduces the conflict by showing the historical and regional context of the war. Part II examines those states and groups that worked to support the Kabila regime; Part III examines the rebel groups working to overthrow Kabila and those intervening on their behalf. Part IV looks at the role of supposedly neutral states such as South Africa and looks at the social and economic effects of the war by examining trans-state factors such as rebel groups, arms trading, and economic consequences. The collection includes both African and US/UK scholars, and covers the recent transfer of power from Laurent to Joseph Kabila.

Author Biography: John F. Clark is Associate Professor of International Relations at Florida International University. He is co-editor of Political Reform in Francophone Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Schwab
Fascinating-with very original material...a wonderful book to read.
Will Reno
...among the few substantial efforts to analyze the foreign policies of the African states in the post Cold War context.
Foreign Affairs

Clark's collection is a good opening contribution to what in time should be a large literature on Africa's 'first world war.'
— Gail M. Gerhart
Foreign Affairs - Gail M. Gerhart

Clark's collection is a good opening contribution to what in time should be a large literature on Africa's 'first world war.'
From the Publisher

Named by Gail M. Gerhart in Foreign Affairs as one of the best books on Africa published in 2002!
"...highly recommended as a reference text and a book for Africanists and scholars interested in understanding the conflicts..."--Valentine James, Journal of Sustainable Development
"Clark's collection is a good opening contribution to what in time should be a large literature on Africa's 'first world war.'"--Gail M. Gerhart, Foreign Affairs,
"...among the few substantial efforts to analyze the foreign policies of the African states in the post Cold War context."
--Will Reno, Northwestern University
"Fascinating...with very original material... a wonderful book to read."
--Peter Schwab, SUNY Purchase
"An outstanding analysis of both the local and international dimensions of Africa's 'First World War'... "
-- Peter J. Schraeder, Loyola University Chicago
"...fascinating, revealing insight[s]...a significant benchmark in the study of African politics...."
-- Joshua Forrest, University of Vermont

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403967237
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John F. Clark Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of International Relations at Florida International University. He is co-editor of Political Reform in Francophone Africa (1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Maps of Congo (DRC) and Africa
Preface
1 Introduction: Causes and Consequences of the Congo War 1
2 Contextualizing Congo Conflicts: Order and Disorder in Postcolonial Africa 13
3 Historicity of a Crisis: The Origins of the Congo War 33
4 A Survival Guide to Kinshasa: Lessons of the Father, Passed Down to the Son 53
5 Angola's Role in the Congo War 75
6 A Political and Military Review of Zimbabwe's Involvement in the Second Congo War 93
7 Congo's Rebels: Their Origins, Motivations, and Strategies 109
8 The Complex Reasons for Rwanda's Engagement in Congo 129
9 Museveni's Adventure in the Congo War: Uganda's Vietnam? 145
10 The Impossible Neutrality? South Africa's Policy in the Congo War 169
11 Arms Proliferation and the Congo War 185
12 The Economic Impact of the Congo War 201
13 The Politics of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Congo War 225
Notes on the Contributors 239
Index 243
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