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The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding

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The Trouble with the Congo suggests a new explanation for international peacebuilding failures in civil wars. Drawing from more than 330 interviews and a year and a half of field research, it develops a case study of the international intervention during the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s unsuccessful transition from war to peace and democracy (2003–2006). Grassroots r

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Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 14th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published June 1st 2010)
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Ed
Sep 14, 2010 Ed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: africa
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a huge country--the third largest by area in Africa--with almost unimaginable mineral wealth, a intelligent and hard working population and productive farmland with several growing seasons per year. Mobutu Sese Seko ruled the DRC/Zaire for 32 years in a brutal kleptocracy which kept the Congo an impoverished giant. While there had been revolts against his rule over the years it was not until the mid-1990s, following the genocide in neighboring Rwanda ...more
Jeremy Vernon
Jan 24, 2013 Jeremy Vernon rated it liked it
A serviceable book with some well collated insights; especially with regards to the internal activities of the UN and its agencies. Perhaps a little over-reliant on official sources and press releases, the same source is either accepted wholesale or criticized in the face of countervailing evidence when it is available.

The prose is lack-lustre but usually doesn't distract, while it is informative it is not especially evocative. The material is dense but well organized, greater care could have be
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Medal4
Dec 02, 2013 Medal4 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books covering both, the local events & the international interventions happening in the Congo during recent years. While I found that most other authors approach the situation in the Congo with a rather one sided view, I feel that Autesserre made real efforts to address the huge variety of reasons the conflicts in DRC have.

Just a warning for you to not acquire this book with wrong expectations: The Trouble with the Congo is written in a rather try, scientific language, almos
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John
Nov 28, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Smart analysis of why top-down peacebuilding efforts fail to achieve lasting results.
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