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Africa 2020 – An Evaluation of Herbst’s and Mills’ Proposed ideal Scenario

In 2006, Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills published “Africa in 2020: Three Scenarios for the Future,” detailing Africa’s prospects over the next fourteen years, and outline specific steps and policies which would lead to one of three possible outcomes. Although … Continue reading

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The Return of Moise Katumbi to the DRC

https://www.ft.com/content/867b40d0-bb80-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080 In the wake of the Congolese Supreme Court’s decision to allow Joseph Kabila to remain in power after the Congolese President failed to ensure his administration arrange for elections this year, popular exiled Congolese leader, Moise Katumbi, has vowed to … Continue reading

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Achieving Stable Development through International Engagement in the DRC

In Jeffrey Herbst’s and Greg Mills’ 2006 piece “Africa in 2020: Three Scenarios for the Future,” the authors imagine three different futures for Africa in 2020. The differences between these futures are stark, and according to the authors, depend on … Continue reading

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Foreign Relations – DRC

Conflict and weak state institutions have created an interesting climate in the DRC concerning foreign relations, which can be seen as either discouraging or encouraging of foreign investment and involvement, depending on the situation. Although the United States is statistically … Continue reading

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Conflict in the DRC

Conflict, both civil and interstate has been a near constant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, since the end of the Cold War. Although a variety of factors have shaped these conflicts, the most notable are the weakness of state … Continue reading

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Foreign Aid, Economic Growth, and Corruption in the DRC

Like most of its regional neighbors, the Democratic Republic of Congo receives great deal of foreign aid, and has since its independence, according to USAID’s overview of the country. The DRC however is notoriously corrupt, and it is hard to … Continue reading

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United States – DRC Foreign Relations

Officially, the United States has maintained diplomatic relations with what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo since independence from Belgium in 1960. The United States is significant, because of its central location, its borders with nine other nations, and … Continue reading

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Political Culture, Neopatrimonialism, and Foreign Relations in the DRC

After decades of war and violence, the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least on a surface level, appears to be recovering, albeit slowly. Years of decline due to the corruption that came with weak political institutions caused what should be … Continue reading

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Pre-colonial and Colonial Legacies of Eritrea and the DRC

Although having had different pre-colonial institutions, and vastly different colonial experiences, both Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo have undergone severe periods on instability over the past century. Although both are slowly recovering, it seems that their colonial legacies … Continue reading

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