n African Renaissance - The Democratic Republic of Congo
From peace rhetoric to sustainable political stability? : from the editor / publisher

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


In the last issue of the journal (Volume 4, No1, 1st Quarter 2007), we focused on the Horn of Africa. We looked at the region, the problems of conflicts, dictatorships, wars, weapon proliferation, identity, and development trajectory. We asked some key questions: What political agendas, if any, do the competing historical narratives of ethnic identities serve in the region? How has the Cold War era super power rivalry affected the political configuration in the region? And how have all these affected the form of development thoughts, and development forms in the region?

In this issue, we focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the DRC, and formerly known variously as the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, The Congo, Congo / Leopoldville, Congo / Kinshasa and Zaire. The DRC is a country rent by ethnic strife and civil war since 1994, culminating in the First Congo War that toppled Mobutu in 1997. Since 1998, the country has suffered greatly from the impacts of the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the African World War), and believed to be the world's deadliest conflict since World War II. Contributors to this issue discuss these conflicts, efforts at mediation, and current talks of post conflict reconstructions.

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