n Conflict Trends - The security dilemma in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Volume 2009, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


After gaining independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was paralysed by a 37-year dictatorship until the state eventually collapsed. The transition from being a failing state to a collapsed state came through the final blow of what has now been described as "Africa's first world war", which began in 1998. In Eastern DRC, intractable conflict has endured, despite elections in 2006.

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