African Stakes Of The Congo War

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This is the only available book on the Congo war, the most important current conflict in Africa. Two chapters situate the war in its historical and theoretical context, while others survey the interests of the Congolese government, of the rebel groups, and of intervening states in the war. These chapters reveal the underlying sources of the war and explain the strategies of the various combatants. Other chapters examine the impact of the war on neighboring countries, individual citizens, refugees, and other ...

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Overview

This is the only available book on the Congo war, the most important current conflict in Africa. Two chapters situate the war in its historical and theoretical context, while others survey the interests of the Congolese government, of the rebel groups, and of intervening states in the war. These chapters reveal the underlying sources of the war and explain the strategies of the various combatants. Other chapters examine the impact of the war on neighboring countries, individual citizens, refugees, and other non-state actors in the zone of conflict and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312295509
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/14/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (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

Introduction—John F. Clark
Part I: The Congo War in Context * Contextualizing Congo Conflicts: Order and Disorder in Postcolonial Africa—Crawford Young
• Historicity of a Crisis: The Origins of the Congo War—Jermaine O. Maccalpin
Part II: The Post-Mobutu Regimes in Congo and their Supporters * A Survival Guide to Kinshasa: Lessons of the Father, Passed Down to the Son—Kevin C. Dunn
• Angola’s Role in the Congo War—Thomas Turner
• A Political and Military Review of Zimbabwe’s Involvement in the Second Congo War—Martin R. Rupiya
Part III: The Contestants of the Kabila Regimes * Congo’s Rebels: Their Origins, Motivations, and Strategies—Osita Afoaku
• The Complex Reasons for Rwanda’s Engagement in Congo—Timothy Longman
• Museveni’s Adventure in the Congo War: Uganda’s Vietnam?—John F. Clark
Ambivalent States, Early Outcomes, and Non-State Phenomena * Impossible Neutrality? South Africa’s Policy in the Congo War—Chris Landsberg
• Arms Proliferation and the Congo War—Augusta Muchai
• The Economic Impact of the Congo War—Mungbalemwe Koyame and John F. Clark
• Refugees and the Congo War—Jude Murison

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Timely

    This book is critical to any comprehensive understanding of the crisis in the Congo. It is also very timely given the reality that the Congo hasn't fully established itself as a viable democratic polity. Fundamentally the book speaks volumes to the role of other African countries in the persistence or resolution of the Congo crisis. Perspicacious Analysis!

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