AIII #10: Amani Ilikuwa (Peace was): Rethinking the bounds of ‘conflict’

Amani Ilikuwa (Peace was): Rethinking the bounds of ‘conflict’ Rachel Sweet   Stories of conflict in Congo are full of narrative complexities. The multiplicity of armed groups past and present, transnational economic networks, and local land disputes form basic entrées into accounts of the conflict. A host of interventions, including demobilization programs, oversight of resource … Continue reading

AIII #6: Rétablissement de l’autorité de l’Etat à l’est de la RDC : les bâtons et la carotte ont-ils produit des effets escomptés ?

Rétablissement de l’autorité de l’Etat à l’est de la RDC : les bâtons et la carotte ont-ils produit des effets escomptés ? Josaphat Musamba   Depuis des années la République Démocratique du Congo est dans une situation de déstabilisation chronique qui freine son élan de développement. Conscient du fait que beaucoup des groupes armés sont interconnectés en … Continue reading

AIII #5: Representing Violence in the DRC – Time for a new Narrative

Representing Violence in the DRC: Time for a new Narrative Charlotte Mertens   Writing on violence in the Congo is a compelling and perplexing task, particularly because our cognitive framework is inundated with colonial imagery of African primitivism and savagery. These images persist and fuel contemporary understandings of events in the DRC (see Dunn 2003). … Continue reading

AIII #2: Congolais, victime ou irresponsable ?

Congolais, victime ou irresponsable ? Michael Bauma Congo, scandale géologique peut-être, mais non ; une tristesse extérieure, un mal conditionné. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov a dit : « Quand il s’agit de faire le bonheur d’un peuple, évidemment la responsabilité des dirigeants est grande. Mais le peuple aussi a quelque chose à faire pour attirer les dirigeants qui feront régner … Continue reading

Burundi: after the coup attempt

This following article is a guest post by Gudrun Sif Fridriksdottir A month ago, on the 25th April the CNDD-FDD, the ruling party in Burundi, announced its presidential candidate for the upcoming elections scheduled for June 26. To nobody’s surprise the candidate was Pierre Nkurunziza, the current President who has already served for two terms. … Continue reading

Mathematiques Congolaises?

In 2008, Congolese writer In Koli Jean Bofane wrote a marvelous yet frightening novel on Kinshasa politics and the machinery of power in DRC. He follows protagonist Celio in his way from oscillating debroulliardeur to conspicious spin doctor involved in major media politics and spectacular coups in a pre-electoral Kinshasa that resembles to some part … Continue reading

AMANI ITAKUYA II – Call for Submissions

After 25 diverse and rich contributions last year, the Amani Itakuya essay series embarks on her second edition. Here is to the call for submissions in English and French. Please share widely and participate! NEW DEADLINE – 20 January 2015 (version française ci-dessous) AMANI ITAKUYA II – Call for Submissions With Eyes Wide Open & … Continue reading

Kinois Crystal Balls: Elections, Census, and Constitution

With about two years left until the end of President Kabila’s current mandate, pre-electoral rumblings in Kinshasa, DRC in general, and the outside world have gained extraordinary momentum in the past couple of months. Jason Stearns (on census and on constitution), Manya Riche & Kris Berwouts recently published a couple of very helpful and illuminating … Continue reading

Towards a Genealogy of Armed Actors in eastern Congo

Is it possible to establish a genealogy of the armed actors that have been roving around eastern Congo over the past two decades? The first, immediate answer is – no. The spatio-temporal topography and evolution of myriad militias and other groups already appears confusing and complex when looking just at a simple, fixed point in … Continue reading

Misinformation and Misdirection in Beni’s ADF Attacks

Anonymous guest blog  On the morning of November 6, a petrol bomb was thrown in a residential quarter of Beni town, North Kivu. The bomb injured no one, and from a military perspective was a small and ineffective deployment of violence. Senior UN military analysts dismissed it accordingly. However, the bombing, which forms part of … Continue reading