The United Nations In The Great Lakes Region

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Book Chapter

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War And Peace In Africa’s Great Lakes Region


Rhoads offers an analysis of the UN’s involvement in the Great Lakes region in the area of peace and security, focusing on UN missions deployed to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the new millennium. This chapter charts the evolution of United Nations (UN) engagement and illuminates the strategic and political factors that shaped the UN’s role, allowing it to exert considerable leverage at certain junctures, but ultimately resulting in the institution’s marginalisation. While Burundi and the DRC are markedly different contexts, this chapter demonstrates how, analysed alongside each other, they offer valuable insights into the UN and its future role in the region.


United nations organisation stabilisation mission in the democratic republic of the congo (MONUSCO), United nations operation in burundi (ONUB), United nations peacebuilding commission, Post-conflict myth, Arusha peace agreement, Sun city agreement, United nations partnerships

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Springer International Publishing


G. M. Khadiagala