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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 May 8th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ed
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Alex
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have many, many feelings right now regarding this book.

I value it for what it is worth, a pioneering and insightful take on the need for bottom-up approaches to peacekeeping efforts worldwide. Though other authors have brought this necessity to the forefront in the literature, Autesserre is the one who brings the well-needed attention from all disciplines by providing a historical, political, and social account mission in the DRC.

I am left with a lot of questions. Autesserre points out much
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Medal4
Dec 02, 2013 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, almost ex
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Jeremy Vernon
Aug 09, 2012 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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John
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Smart analysis of why top-down peacebuilding efforts fail to achieve lasting results.
PHILIPPE ROSEN
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If your passion is the Congo and / or international peacebuilding, this is a book for you.
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Séverine Autesserre is an award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of the books The Trouble with the Congo , Peaceland , and The Frontlines of Peace , in addition to articles for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Polic ...more

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“It is clear that international peacebuilders are not the only, or even the main, figures responsible for the failure of the Congolese peace process. Certain Congolese actors at all levels; certain Rwandan, Ugandan, and Burundian leaders; and the individuals and companies involved in arms trafficking and illegal exploitation of Congolese resources together deserve the largest share of the blame.” 1 likes
“Even though the Congo is the stage of intense international peacebuilding efforts, and even though it recently experienced a transition from war to “peace and democracy,” it continues to be plagued by the deadliest conflict since World War II. Why did the international intervention fail to help the Congo achieve lasting peace and security?” 0 likes
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