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Rwanda – Reconciliation with Its Past

Rwanda has made great strides in the past two decades, since the genocide.  Hutus and Tutsis live in harmony with one another and many Hutus participate in the government. The cycle of violence that for so long plagued, the nation … Continue reading

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In the News: DRC and Social Media

I found this article fascinating on a number of fronts.  It is clear from our most recent election that online news and social media, while forces capable of mobilizing citizens to action, can also obfuscate truth and lead to undemocratic … Continue reading

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Conflict in Rwanda and DRC

      Rwanda has been ravaged by conflict in recent history; first a civil war and subsequently through the proxy militias. This first conflict had a primarily ethnic component.  During German colonial rule, the tutsis were primarily the ruling … Continue reading

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Rwanda and Foreign Aid

Aid to Rwanda is inextricably intertwined with geopolitics and Rwanda’s bleak history.  In July of 1994, the Rwandan genocide and the nation’s civil war ended with a military victory for the Rwandan Patriotic Front(RPF).  Before the civil war, France was … Continue reading

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Rwanda Blog Posts

Post Two Scholars Pitcher, Moran, & Johnston argue that in patrimonial societies, the state tends to become the personal domain of a single leader.[1] More broadly speaking, clientalism as defined in Lemarchand’s article on political clientalism in Tropical Africa as … Continue reading

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Rwanda and Eritrea

I will argue that three main historical differences between Eritrea and Rwanda have informed their disparate current political situations. 1) geopolitics differed in pre-colonial Rwanda and Eritrea: whereas the horn of Africa(including modern-day Eritrea) had been dominated for centuries by … Continue reading

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