A French historian and a naturalised Canadian, holder of a PhD in African history from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, a specialist on the Horn of Africa and East Africa, Gérard Prunier has published many works, including Africa’s World War. Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the making of a continental catastrophe (Oxford University Press, 2009), L’Ethiopie contemporaine (CFEE-Karthala, 2007), Darfour. Un génocide ambigu (éditions de La Table Ronde, 2005), From Genocide to Continental War: The “Congolese” Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary Africa (Hurst & Co, 2006) and The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Columbia University Press, 1995).
The Great Lakes region (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern DRC) was ranked among the areas at highest risk for twenty years, from the mid- 1980s to the mid-2000s. Since then, things have seemed to become gradually calmer, with the end of the “African First World War” in which the armies of seven countries had engaged in the Zaïre-DRC arena, with the direct involvement of six others. Domestic stabilisation in Rwanda, the relative prosperity of Uganda, the end of the Civil War...
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