Congo's Violent Peace

Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War

Kris Berwouts


The first comprehensive account of the DRC's turbulent post-Congo Wars history and its contemporary political situation.

Despite a massive investment of international diplomacy and money in recent years, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a conflict-ridden and volatile country, its present situation the result of a series of rebellions, international interventions and unworkable peace agreements.

In Congo's Violent Peace, leading DRC expert Kris Berwouts provides the most comprehensive and in-depth account to date of developments since the so-called 'Congo Wars' – from Rwanda's destructive impact on security in Eastern Congo to the controversial elections of 2006 and 2011; the M23 uprising to Joseph Kabila's increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power.

An essential book for anyone interested in this troubled but important country.

Author Bio

Kris Berwouts is an independent analyst and acknowledged expert on the DRC. Until 2012, he was the director of EurAc, the European NGO network for advocacy on Central Africa.

Table of Contents

  • Acronyms
  • Maps
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Resemblance of a State in a State of Ruin
  • 2. In Search of Root Causes
  • 3. The 2006 Elections
  • 4. Umoja Wetu and Kagame’s Brave New World
  • 5. The 2011 Election
  • 6. The M23 Misadventure
  • 7. Towards New Elections or New Violence?
  • Conclusion


‘Kris Berwouts is one of the very rare analysts who write what the population in eastern Congo thinks and feels.’
Denis Mukwege, women's rights activist and gynaecologist in eastern Congo

‘Essential reading for all those who want to understand the current situation. Congo’s Violent Peace has all the makings of a classic.’
Séverine Autesserre, author of The Trouble with the Congo and Peaceland

‘Few people have a better grasp of the key players than Kris Berwouts. From diplomat parties to refugee camps, from warlords to the presidential entourage, this book is essential reading for anyone truly interested in the DRC.’
David Van Reybrouck, author of Congo: The Epic History of a People

‘Will become indispensable reading for those seeking an understanding of the two decades of sporadic civil strife in the eastern borderlands of Congo… this prospective volume is without doubt an authoritative work.’
Crawford Young, author of Politics in Congo: Decolonization and Independence

‘Berwouts’s convincing arguments stem from his unparalleled field experience and his culturally sensitive capacity to listen to and decode the messages of both agents and victims of conflict.’
Théodore Trefon, author of Congo Masquerade

'I recommend Congo’s Violent Peace as a reminder of what really happened during the last two decades in the DRC … to understand conflict better and to make us, external actors, better mediators to help end it.'
Strategic Review for Southern Africa


Publication Date: 15 July 2017
216 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783603695
Hardback: 9781783603701
eBook ePub: 9781783603725
eBook PDF: 9781783603718
eBook Kindle: 9781783603732

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