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Title:The Great Lakes of confusion
Author:Kalron, NirISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 1024-6029)
Geographic term:Great Lakes region
Subjects:military intervention
civil wars
regional security
Abstract:Africa's Great Lakes region is filled with confusion, mistrust and pure hatred, and it is a geopolitical and humanitarian volcano on the verge of eruption. It is 'plagued' with a mixture of historical ethnical disputes, post-colonialist sentiments and neo-colonialist trends all mixed in the same frying pan, causing millions of deaths and constant instability in the region. This paper examines the events of the 1990s to the present: from the fall of the State of Zaire to the massacre in Rwanda, and from the civil war in Burundi to the consecutive Congo wars to the present-day security situation. It analyses the motivation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to engage in the conflict by uncovering the root cause of new trends in the security paradigm that emerged from the above conflicts, the economical interests of countries and individuals, and the ostensible regime change that plagued the region. Notes, ref., sum. (p. VI). [ASC Leiden abstract]