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Title:Challenges and prospects for peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
Editor:Okumu, WafulaISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 1024-6029)
Geographic terms:Great Lakes region
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
conflict resolution
Abstract:This special issue of the African Security Review is a contribution to understanding the challenges faced by the countries of the Great Lakes Region - Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - in their quest for peace. Following the introductory paper by Wafula Okumu, Laurence Juma's paper traces the cause of regional conflicts to 'shadow economic networks' of individuals or institutions connected to the international systems of trade and finance, while Richard Cornwell traces the source of the DRC's problems to its mineral wealth. The efforts to establish durable peace in the region are addressed by William Church and Marco Jowell, who analyse how regional institutions have been designed to act as circuit breakers to stop future conflicts, Sadiki Koko, who analyses South Africa's efforts to steer the DRC towards a peaceful transition, and Cecilia Ntombizodwa Mzovondiwa, who points out the important role of women in building peace in the region. While applauding the initiatives made in the transition, such as the success of the October 2006 elections in the DRC, David Kampf warns that peace could be elusive if the root causes of the conflict and suffering are not immediately addressed. While Karen Williams and Jan van Eck foreground the challenges that confront the search for peace in northern Uganda and Burundi respectively, Anne N. Kubai highlights the critical challenges facing Rwanda in the administration of its much-heralded Gacaca process, which has turned out to be a source of fear for perpetrators. Inge Ruigrok offers useful lessons for postconflict reconstruction by pointing out the mistakes that have been made in the Angolan disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. [ASC Leiden abstract]