The Trouble with the Congo with Severine Autesserre

'The Trouble with the Congo' suggests a new explanation for international peacebuilding failures in civil wars. Local rivalries motivated widespread violence during the Congolese transition from war to peace. However, a dominant peacebuilding culture shaped the intervention strategy in a way that precluded action on local conflicts, ultimately dooming the international efforts.

Severine Autesserre is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. She works on civil wars, peace building and peace keeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. Her last research project focused on local violence and international intervention in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she has traveled regularly since 2001. Her research has appeared in Foreign Affairs, International Organization, the Review of African Political Economy, the African Studies Review, and the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Mortara Building
3600 N St., N.W., Washington



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