Professor of Law and Politics, University of Antwerp
Since the end of the Cold War, Central Africa has been the scene of one bloody conflict after another. The period from 1996 to 2006 has been called “the Great African War” because it involved at least seven African nations and claimed millions of lives.
Noted Africanist Filip Reyntjens will discuss his new book, The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996–2006 (Cambridge University Press), which analyzes the developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda during this violent decade. He takes a non-chronological approach that sheds light on the causes of the war, shows the interrelationships among local, regional, and international actors, and offers a toolkit for understanding Central Africa’s past and future.
Cosponsored by the Henkels Interdisciplinary Lecture Grant, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters; Notre Dame International Security Program; and the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.
A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Free and open to the public.