The Democratic Republic of Congo's political, economic, and security quagmire


Seminar Paper, 2023

16 Pages


Abstract or Introduction

The following paper deals with the political and economical situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stands as a beacon of potential on the African continent due to its vast natural resources. Yet, beneath this wealth lies a tumultuous history marked by political upheavals, economic mismanagement, and persistent conflict. From the post-independence era, characterized by power struggles and Mobutu Sese Seko's autocratic rule, to the recent controversial elections of 2018 and 2023, political stability remains elusive.

Economic potential, particularly in cobalt and copper mining, is hampered by corruption, mismanagement, and conflict-driven violence, particularly in the eastern provinces. Concurrently, historical factors, including the colonial legacy and the aftermath of regional wars, intertwine with contemporary challenges, such as neo-patrimonialism and social identity politics. International actors, including the United States, United Nations, and European Union, have intervened with diplomatic efforts and economic aid, but the DRC's complexity necessitates nuanced, long-term strategies. This discussion delves deep into the multifaceted issues plaguing the DRC, emphasizing the urgent need for collaborative solutions that recognize both its potential and intricate challenges.

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Title
The Democratic Republic of Congo's political, economic, and security quagmire
College
University of Pretoria
Course
master of arts in political science
Author
Year
2023
Pages
16
Catalog Number
V1438628
ISBN (eBook)
9783346999382
ISBN (Book)
9783346999399
Language
English
Keywords
The Congo, DRC, Democratic Republic of Congo
Quote paper
Joseph Kariuki (Author), 2023, The Democratic Republic of Congo's political, economic, and security quagmire, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1438628

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