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Sovereignty and Personal Rule in Zaire

Published: Apr 4th, 2014

by William Reno Introduction Zaire’s (1) real political system operates outside conventions of formal state sovereignty. As formal state bureaucracies collapsed under Zaire’s president Mobutu Sese Seko (1965-97), the country’s… Read More

Africa’s Environment: The Final Frontier

Published: Apr 4th, 2014

Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa of the Committee on International Relations House of Representatives One Hundred Fourth Congress Second Session July 17, 1996   The subcommittee met, pursuant to… Read More

Kabila Returns, in a Cloud of Uncertainty

Published: Mar 28th, 2014

by Thomas Turner  Introduction Since the 1960’s, Laurent Kabila had led a group of insurgents against the dictatorial Mobutu Sese Seko government in Kinshasa, operating along Zaire’s eastern border (1).… Read More

Patterns of State Collapse and Reconstruction in Central Africa: Relfections on the Crisis in the Great Lakes

Published: Mar 28th, 2014

by René Lemarchand Introduction In a matter of days last October, a large swathe of eastern Zaire erupted into an orgy of violence, sending tremors through the Great Lakes region and… Read More

The Great Lakes Crisis

Published: Mar 28th, 2014

Introduction by Michael Chege In the third week of October this year, the “Cobra” militia, commanded by the former president of Congo-Brazzaville, Dennis Sessou-Ngueso, took control of the national airport… Read More

Labor Exchange Systems in Japan and DR Congo: Similarities and Differences

Published: Feb 28th, 2014

by Tatsuro Suehara Abstract In this essay, I attempt a comparison of two labor exchange systems employed respectively by Japanese and Congolese (Tembo) peasants. The Japanese system is known as yui, while… Read More