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Africa's world war : Congo, the Rwandan genocide, and the making of a continenta
Gerard Prunier
Adult Nonfiction DT658.26 .P78 2009

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Abbreviationsp. viii
Glossaryp. xix
Mapsp. xxiv
Introductionp. xxix
1 - Rwanda's mixed season of hope (July 1994-April 1995)p. 1
The immediate aftermathp. 1
The politics of national unityp. 7
Justice and the killingsp. 10
Rwanda outside Rwanda: the world of the refugee campsp. 24
The international community's attitudesp. 29
2 - From Kibeho to the attack on Zaire (April 1995-October 1996)p. 37
The Kibeho crisisp. 37
The collapse of the national unity governmentp. 42
The refugees and the Kivu cockpitp. 46
North Kivu: ethnicity and the land conflictp. 48
South Kivu: the Banyamulenge and the memories of 1965p. 51
The impact of the Rwandese refugees on the Kivusp. 53
The Burundi factorp. 59
General Kagame goes to warp. 67
3 - The Congo basin, its interlopers, and its onlookersp. 73
Into the Zairian vortexp. 75
The interlopersp. 80
Sudanese and Ugandansp. 80
Far from the Great Lakes: the Angolan conflictp. 88
Standing by, trying to keep out: three uneasy onlookersp. 99
4 - Winning a virtual war (September 1996-May 1997)p. 113
Rwanda in Zaire: from refugee crisis to international warp. 113
Laurent-Desire Kabila and the birth of AFDLp. 113
The bogey of the multinational intervention forcep. 116
The refugee exodusp. 121
The long walk into Kinshasap. 126
War and diplomacyp. 126
The mining contracts: myths and realitiesp. 137
The fate of the refugeesp. 143
5 - Losing the real peace (May 1997-August 1998)p. 149
Kabila in power: a secretive and incoherent leadershipp. 149
Diplomacy and the refugee issuep. 154
The economy: an ineffectual attempt at normalizationp. 161
Between Luanda and Brazzaville: the DRC's volatile West African environmentp. 167
The unquiet East: the Kivus and their neighborsp. 172
6 - A continental war (August 1998-August 1999)p. 181
Commander Kabarebe's failed Blitzkriegp. 181
Heading for an African warp. 187
Kinshasa's friends: godfathers and discreet supportersp. 187
Kinshasa's foesp. 193
Fence-sitters and well-wishersp. 198
Fighting down to a stalematep. 203
Behind and around the war: domestic politics, diplomacy and economicsp. 209
The Lusaka "peace" charadep. 223
7 - Sinking into the quagmire (August 1999-January 2001)p. 227
The war is dead, long live the warp. 227
The East: confused rebels in confused fightingp. 227
Westwards: the river warsp. 231
Rwanda drives south into Katangap. 234
The shaky home frontsp. 235
The Congo: an elusive search for national dialogue while the economy collapsesp. 235
Angola: the pressure begins to ease offp. 238
Zimbabwe: trying to make the war pay for itselfp. 239
Rwanda and Uganda: the friendship grows violentp. 240
The international dimension: giving aid, monitoring the looting, and waiting for MONUCp. 243
Mzee's assassinationp. 249
8 - Not with a bang but with a whimper: the war's confused ending (January 2001-December 2002)p. 257
Li'l Joseph's new political dispensationp. 257
Diplomacy slowly deconstructs the continental conflictp. 265
The actors start jockeying for positionp. 265
Negoitations, national dialogue, and disarmament in competitionp. 267
The South African breakthroughp. 269
The bumpy road toward a transitional governmentp. 274
The economy: slowly crawling out of the abyssp. 277
The eastern sore: the continental conflict shrinks into sub-regional anarchyp. 280
9 - From war to peace: Congolese transition and conflict deconstruction (January 2003-July 2007)p. 285
The conflict's lingering aftermath (January 2003-December 2004)p. 285
The peripheral actors drop offp. 285
Rwanda and Uganda refuse to give upp. 290
An attempt at violently upsetting the transitionp. 296
Tottering forward in Kinshasap. 300
Slouching toward Bethlehem: the transition slowly turns into reality (January 2005-November 2006)p. 303
The pre-electoral strugglesp. 303
DDRRR, SSR, and assorted security headachesp. 305
The electionsp. 309
The morning after syndrome (November 2006-July 2007)p. 315
The risk of internal political paralysisp. 315
The economy: donors, debts, and the Great Mining Robberyp. 316
The east refuses to healp. 320
10 - Groping for meaning: the "Congolese" conflict and the crisis of contemporary Africap. 329
The war as an African phenomenonp. 330
The purely East African origins of the conflagrationp. 330
Antigenocide, the myth of the "new leaders," and the spread of democracy in Africa: the world projects its own rationale on the situationp. 331
The "New Congo," between African renaissance and African imperialismp. 333
From crusading to looting: the "new leaders" age quicklyp. 335
The war as seen by the outside worldp. 338
What did all the diplomatic agitation actually achieve?p. 338
Moral indignation in lieu of political resolvep. 346
An attempt at a philosophical conclusionp. 358
Appendix I - Seth Sendashonga's Murderp. 365
Notesp. 369
Bibliographyp. 469
Indexp. 515

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