This is the only available book on the Congo war, the most important current conflict in Africa. Two chapters situate the war in its historical and theoretical context, while others survey the interests of the Congolese government, of the rebel groups, and of intervening states in the war. These chapters reveal the underlying sources of the war and explain the strategies of the various combatants. Other chapters examine the impact of the war on neighboring countries, individual citizens, refugees, and other non-state actors in the zone of conflict and beyond.
Named by Gail M. Gerhart in Foreign Affairs as one of the best books on Africa published in 2002!
"...highly recommended as a reference text and a book for Africanists and scholars interested in understanding the conflicts..." - Valentine James, Journal of Sustainable Development
"Clark's collection is a good opening contribution to what in time should be a large literature on Africa's 'first world war.'" - Gail M. Gerhart, Foreign Affairs
"...among the few substantial efforts to analyze the foreign policies of the African states in the post Cold War context." - Will Reno, Northwestern University
"Fascinating...with very original material... a wonderful book to read." - Peter Schwab, SUNY Purchase
"An outstanding analysis of both the local and international dimensions of Africa's 'First World War'... " - Peter J. Schraeder, Loyola University Chicago
"...fascinating, revealing insight[s]...a significant benchmark in the study of African politics...." - Joshua Forrest, University of Vermont