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