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What the Uproar Over Congo's Elections Misses

Severine Autesserre

Title:
What the Uproar Over Congo's Elections Misses
Author(s):
Autesserre, Severine
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Articles
Department(s):
Political Science (Barnard College)
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Book/Journal Title:
Foreign Affairs
Geographic Area:
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Abstract:
Over the past year, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo has descended into a political crisis, journalists, activists, foreign diplomats, and the leaders of international and nongovernmental organizations have focused mostly on the drama surrounding President Joseph Kabila’s attempts to cling to power by delaying elections. This narrow political focus recalls the outside world’s approach to Congo the last times the country prepared for general elections, in 2006 and 2011. Now, as then, the preoccupation with elections distracts from the issues whose resolutions are most likely to lead to peace: the poverty, unemployment, corruption, criminality, and poor access to land, justice, and education that are at the root of Congo’s long-standing violence. Bringing peace and prosperity to Congo will require a change in attitude, away from the crisis in Kinshasa and toward the local actors who have the power to address the deeper sources of the country's troubles.
Subject(s):
Elections
Political science
Crisis management
Peace
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Severine Autesserre, , What the Uproar Over Congo's Elections Misses, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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