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Title:Conflict and the Prospects for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author:Rai, Rupa
Periodical:Africa Quarterly
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:political stability
civil wars
Politics and Government
Abstract:The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire, has been tested by multiple crises and conflicts ever since it became independent on 30 June, 1960. All ideas of democracy had to be abandoned for over thirty years after Mobutu took over in 1965. Even after his fall, it has been far from easy for a country plagued by regional conflicts, estranged relations with its neighbours, a porous border, re-emerging ethnic animosity, and weakened central control. The initial jubilation felt at the take-over by Laurent Kabila soon disappeared in a welter of conflicts affecting ten countries, but battled out on Congolese soil. This article attempts to present an overview of the dynamics and dialectics of this war which still continues to afflict the region. It tries to assess the prospects for peace for this war-torn country which is still bowed under the legacy of the Mobutu years. Bibliogr.