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The path of a genocide : the Rwanda crisis from Uganda to Zaire
Adelman, Howard, 1938-
Publication Information:
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, [1999]

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xxii, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Rwandese refugees and immigrants in Uganda / Historical analysis of the invasion by the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) / Role of Zaire in the Rwandese conflict / Development and consolidation of extremist forces in Rwanda / Hate radio in Rwanda / OAU: conflict prevention, management, and resolution / Arusha peace process / French policy in Rwanda / Canadian policy in Rwanda / Rwanda: U.S. policy and television coverage / U.N. peacekeeping in Rwanda / Dilemmas of protection: the log of the Kigali Battalion / In search of a new cease-fire (April-July 1994) / Operation Turquoise: a humanitarian escape / Protection and humanitarian assistance in the refugee camps in Zaire: the problem of security / Rwandan genocide and the collapse of Mobutu's kleptocracy
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The Great Lakes region of Africa has seen dramatic changes. After a decade of war, repression, and genocide, loosely allied regimes have replaced old-style dictatorships. The Path of a Genocide examines the decade (1986-97) that brackets the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. This collection of essays is both a narrative of that event and a deep reexamination of the international role in addressing humanitarian issues and complex emergencies.

Nineteen donor countries and seventeen multilateral organizations, international agencies, and international nongovernmental organizations pooled their efforts for an in-depth evaluation of the international response to the conflict in Rwanda. Original studies were commissioned from scholars from Uganda, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Norway, Great Britain, France, Canada, and the United States. While each chapter in this volume focuses on one dimension of the Rwanda conflict, together they tell the story of this unfolding genocide and the world's response.

The Path of a Genocide offers readers a perspective in sharp contrast to the tendency to treat a peace agreement as the end to conflict. This is a detailed effort to make sense of the political crisis and genocide in Rwanda and the effects it had on its neighbors.

Author Notes

Howard Adelman is professor of philosophy at York University in Toronto.

Astri Suhrke is senior fellow at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen (Norway) and resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

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This edited volume brings together 16 studies selected from a 1996 report on the Rwanda genocide in order to evaluate the response of the international community to the turmoil besetting the Great Lakes region. It was initiated by the Nordic states and sponsored by 19 countries and many international agencies and NGOs. To write these original essays, scholars were commissioned from Uganda, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Norway, Britain, France, Canada, and the US, who together present narrative analyses of the decade 1986-1997, which bracketed the Rwandan tragedy. Part 1 identifies the determinants and events leading to genocide. Part 2 outlines the failed efforts at preventive diplomacy by the Organization of African Unity, the Arusha peace process, and the French, Canadian, and American governments. Part 3 focuses on UN peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance to refugees, and the collapse of the Mobutu dictatorship in Zaire. The study highlights the dismal failure of the international community to intervene and prevent genocide even in a situation where the perpetrators were weak and ill-equipped; it also emphasizes the imperative for such intervention in future genocidal situations. Essential for Africa specialists, human rights activists, and Western policy makers. Recommended for general, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty collections. R. H. Dekmejian; University of Southern California