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Great African War Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996-2006

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ISBN-10: 0521169054

ISBN-13: 9780521169059

Edition: 2010

Authors: Filip Reyntjens

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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Filip Reyntjens is Professor of Law and Politics at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp. He has worked in and on the Great Lakes region of Africa for more than thirty years. Professor Reyntjens's main research interests are contemporary history, legal anthropology, political transitions and human rights, and he has published several books and numerous articles on these subjects. He co-edits a yearbook on current affairs in Central Africa, L'Afrique des grands lacs, which is a major reference work on the region. In addition to his academic work, Reyntjens serves as a consultant for governments, international organizations and NGOs, and as an expert…    

List of Maps
A Region in Turmoil
Kivu: Land of confrontation
National context
Crises of identity, of land and of politics
The new given: Influx of Hutu refugees
South Kivu: The Banyamulenge
Rwanda: From genocide to dictatorship
The power base
The drift
'Burundisation' of Rwanda
Militarisation of the political landscape
Continuity in managing the state
Burundi: From putsch to civil war
Creeping coup
Extension of the civil war
Coup of 25 July 1996 and its aftermath
Regional junctions
The 'War of Liberation'
The 'Banyamulenge Rebellion' and the Rwandan operation
The other eastern neighbours: Uganda and Burundi
Angola enters the fray: Kinshasa in 100 days
Other regional allies
U.S. involvement
Logistical and political support
Supply of material and personnel
Degree of involvement
Massacre of the Rwandan Refugees
Aborted international intervention
Crimes against humanity: Genocide?
Attacks against refugee camps and concentrations
Humanitarian assistance withheld or used as bait
Separation of men from women and children
Involvement of the RPA
Massacres of other groups
The force of manipulation
The Fall of the Mobutist State
The players
Laurent-D�sir� Kabila and the Alliance des Forces D�mocratiques pour la Lib�ration du Congo-Za�re (AFDL)
The Forces Arm�es Za�roises (FAZ)and their allies
The diplomatic ballet
Meanwhile, in Kinshasa, the orchestra on the TITANIC
The new geopolitical situation
Congo: Waiting for Another War
The 'liberated territories' in the East
Two problems worse than before
Massive human rights violations
Practices of governance
The end of an alliance and the prelude to a new war
The regime adrift
The art of making enemies
Towards a new war
Impasse in Rwanda and Burundi
The civil wars
Political or military outcomes?
Justice in deadlock
Institutional developments and practice of governance
'The First African World War'
From Goma to Kitona, and to military stalemate
Shifting alliances
Wars within the war
The Kivus
Privatisation and criminalisation
State collapse and the privatisation of public space
Criminalisation of states and economies
Negotiating the Transition
The political landscape
The regime in Kinshasa
The rebel movements
The false start of negotiations: From Victoria Falls to the death of Laurent Kabila
Many cooks in the same kitchen
The Lusaka process
From Lusaka to the assassination of Laurent Kabila
Towards an imposed settlement: From the accession of Joseph Kabila to Sun City
A dynastic succession
From Sun City to Pretoria, and back to Sun City
Political transition in conflict
The bumpy road towards elections
The 2006 elections
Sources on the killings of Rwandan refugees in early 1997
List of abbreviations