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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

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