Africa’s Next Great War

Evan Nachtrieb The international community’s limited attention span is laser-focused on jihadism in the Sahel and the imploding Horn of Africa. But interstate war is potentially brewing in the eastern DRC. It’s happening again. A Rwandan-backed rebel force threatens the Congolese provincial capital of Goma while foreign intervention is cobbled together to bail out the…

The French Factor in the Latest Phase of the Congolese Conflict

Andrew Korybko Security dilemma, resource, and ethnic reasons in that order are indeed largely responsible for the latest phase of the Congolese Conflict, but the unseen complex relationship between France and Rwanda might actually have played the most important role in catalyzing recent events. The latest phase of the long-running and still-unresolved Congolese Conflict threatens to escalate…

For Peace in the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Must Be Brought to Justice

Last month, Uganda paid the first installment (USD 65 million) of USD 325 million in reparations to the Democratic Republic of the Congo following an order from the International Court of Justice. This is for the crimes committed by Uganda during its occupation of the Congo in the 90s. While this was a positive first…

Survivors Uncensored: Voices from Rwanda and the Rwandan Diaspora

Ann Garrison Most reporting on the Rwandan 1994 atrocities was false and driven by the Clinton administration’s need to hide its culpability. The book Survivors Uncensored allows Rwandans to tell their own story. Samantha Power, former UN Ambassador, National Security Advisor, current USAID Chief, and a principal in the decisions to bomb both Libya and Syria “to…

International Court of Justice Ruled that Uganda Must Pay $325 Million in Reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo—But What About U.S. and UK?

Jeremy Kuzmarov U.S. soldiers training counterparts in Uganda. [Source: africanarguments.org] In February, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda must pay $325 million in reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for its role in conflicts in Congo’s resource-rich Ituri province from 1998 to 2003. The amount includes $225 million to be paid…

The DRC’s Entry into the East African Community: A Rose with Thorns?

Edouard Bizimana In a world that is becoming increasingly interdependent, it seems that regional integration is a preferred path for addressing many of the challenges of globalization. This is all the more true because it is currently impossible to live in isolation at the risk of being excluded from the progress that globalization brings. Globalization…

Islamic State Expands in Africa

Guadi Calvo Almost imperceptibly, for the international press, Daesh or Islamic State (ISCAP), also called Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), has not only settled in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but, through constant attacks, is expanding while strengthening ties with “sister” organizations operating in the rest of the continent. The ADF, founded in 1985, which originated…

Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil

Vijay Prashad Rwandan soldiers board a plane to Mozambique in July. Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua Over July and August Rwandan soldiers were deployed in Mozambique, purportedly to fight ISIS terrorists. However, behind this campaign is French maneuvering that benefits an energy giant eager to exploit natural gas resources, and perhaps, some backroom deals over history On…

AFRICOM in the Congo

Kambale Musavuli Its immeasurable mineral resources has made the Congo the victim of a long history of Western greed, plunder, and genocidal violence. AFRICOM’s recent arrival in the Congo — ostensibly to fight ISIS — will only extend this history; we can be sure these military forces will do more to support the US looting…

Dispatches from the Congo: The Devastating Record of the IMF and WB

In this episode of Dispatches from the Congo, Kambale Musavuli talks about the appointment of former IMF technocrat Malangu Kabedi-Mbuyi as the governor of the country’s central bank. He talks about the role played by the Bretton Woods institutions in the economic deterioration of the country and their tacit endorsement of corruption.