The Great Lakes Region of Africa: Local Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding from the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Josaphat Musamba Bussy
  • Carol Jean Gallo


For decades, the countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa have struggled to work through a complex set of dynamics that fuel insecurity and inequality. Politically, the ‘Great Lakes’ usually refers to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda, even though, geographically, it applies to Kenya and Tanzania as well. These are countries with variegated histories, colonial experiences, cultures, languages, and contemporary politics. Even within the bounds of the artificial states imposed, altered, redesigned and reimposed by colonial powers, political alliances and trade networks that pre-date European arrival continue to evolve. This means that within current national borders, there is a diverse array of political thought and linguistic variance that feeds into how identity is constructed and how peacebuilding is perceived.


Democratic Republic Participatory Action Research Great Lake Region World Politics Armed Group 
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