Paul Kagame and Rwanda

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Overview

In 1994, ethnic conflict turned to genocide in Rwanda. When the world finally took notice, a million people lay dead, and the country lay in ruins. Rwanda returned from the brink guided by rulers determined to rebuild on their own terms, rather than those of a previously indifferent international community. Paul Kagame embodies the new Rwandan political philosophy. Not without flaws and critics, Kagame is key to understanding Rwanda's transition from fear and division to exceptional African statehood. Paul Kagame's life-from exiled child refugee, to guerrilla warrior and rebel politician, to president of Rwanda-is traced in this exploration of Rwanda's struggle for change. The work invites reassessment of Kagame's leadership in an African context rather than measurement against Western standards, and critiques Western involvement in Rwanda since the early 1990s. Photographs and maps supplement the text, along with a history of Rwanda's Banyarwanda people and a glossary of words in Kinyarwanda. The work includes a bibliography and an index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419418
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/10/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin M. Waugh is a research and development manager who divides his time between his native Scotland, New York and West Africa. He maintains a home in Ghana, from which he monitors the region's political affairs. He first visited Rwanda in 1994, and has worked extensively on many African humanitarian projects.

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Table of Contents

1 Exodus and exile 7
2 Rebel movements 27
3 The invasion of 1990 46
4 Offensive against genocide 63
5 Rebuilding foreign relations 85
6 Refugee return and the United Nations 102
7 Hot pursuit in the Congo 124
8 Transition and controversy 146
9 From genocide to Gacaca : delivering justice in Rwanda 166
10 Consulting the people 185
11 Recovery and reconciliation 207
App The Banyarwanda is East African history 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    A Must Read classic

    If I am ever so blessed as to meet Paul Kagame again, I'll ask him to sign Waugh's book PAUL KAGAME AND RWANDA because, having finished reading it now, I found it to also be a MUST READ classic in the annals of writings about Rwanda and the genocide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Paul Kagame and Rwanda

    Waugh, a specialist on African development, provides interesting, informative comment on Rwanda and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). He focuses neither on the causes or the progression of genocide in Rwanda, nor on the role of the UN or the US. Instead, he discusses the political life of Paul Kagame, the RPF's involvement in the Rwandan civil war and the postgenocidal period. Waugh is sympathetic to Kagame, had interviews with him and had access to some of his files. Waugh is a good guide to Rwanda and this is an impressive addition to the literature as it deals with subjects often de-emphasized elsewhere. In sum: Highly Recommended for general readers, undergraduates, graduates and researchers. A. Klinghoffer, reviewer, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Paul Kagame and Rwanda

    Waugh, a specialist on African development, provides interesting, informative comment on Rwanda and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). He focuses neither on the causes or the progression of genocide in Rwanda, nor on the role of the UN or the US. Instead, he discusses the political life of Paul Kagame, the RPF's involvement in the Rwandan civil war and the postgenocidal period. Waugh is sympathetic to Kagame had interviews with him and had access to some of his files. Waugh is a good guide to Rwanda and this is an impressive addition to the literature as it deals with subjects often de-emphasized elsewhere. In sum: Highly Recommended for general readers, undergradutes, graduates and researchers. Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Paul Kagame - Rwanda's drama

    ....what the Rwandans need (and I was certain that they also want) is an objective approach to events which most westerners do not have the slightest understanding. I hope now that all along the line they will, like me, agree that this book fills a vital gap in our understanding of events - and the people who shaped them during these turbulent times in Rwanda's history. By focussing on President Kagame himself, and the RPF and its nascent evolution the book adds much more than many other writers have so far been able to do. It complements well the books of Melvern, Gourevitch, Dallaire and Hochschild - among others. First, it is extremely readable and captures the changing times and the various moods, I feel, very accurately. It also tells it 'as it was - warts and all' It has given all the events the vital contexts - political, geographical, historic and human behavioral that are ESSENTIAL for a fuller understanding of not only the past but the future possibilities. I learned a great deal myself! Waugh has done his research well, and thoroughly - and this comes through clearly. It will be MOST interesting to see what the 'detractors' will make of it - and of the author! It will certainly start a great debate. Anyway, I feel that it should be compulsory reading for all Heads of State (Past and present), Political Advisors in all governments, students in all disciplines - especially leadership and governance - and all UN staff, past present and future should buy at least ten copies - and read them all! Dr Alan Goodall Honorary Consul for Rwanda in Scotland

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