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Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence
In the mid-1990s, civil war and genocide ravaged Rwanda. Since then, the country’s new leadership has undertaken a highly ambitious effort to refashion Rwanda’s politics, economy, and society, and the country’s accomplishments have garnered widespread praise. Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and crit ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by University of Wisconsin Press
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Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf’s Remaking Rwanda is a detailed volume which seeks understanding of Rwandan’s post-genocide trajectory. The book addresses a critical gap in the literature on Rwanda, in addressing the human rights abuses which have occurred through the post-genocide rule of current President and leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) Paul Kagame. Analysis in this volume moves past a narrative dominated by Rwanda as victim throughout the genocide, and instead, seeks to understa ...more
I read this for my master's thesis, and while not every single essay in it was strictly useful, it offers a truly wonderful view of what peacebuilding and statebuilding in Rwanda really is. The majority of the world definitely views the state as a success story of conflict transformation and reconciliation and the important critiques and in depth views on what these programs look like on the ground along with how top-down they are and how controlling the post genocide regime is will really benef ...more
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