Title
The privatisation and criminalisation of public space in the geopolitics of the Great Lakes Region The privatisation and criminalisation of public space in the geopolitics of the Great Lakes Region
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge ,
Source (journal)
Journal of modern African studies. - Cambridge, 1963, currens
Volume/pages
(2005) , p. 587-607
ISSN
0022-278X
1469-7777
ISI
000233346400004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The Great Lakes region has been in profound turmoil for the past 15 years. Through the game of shifting alliances, and because of geographic proximity in an area with porous borders, conflicts have tended to merge, thus giving rise to a huge zone of instability. Conflicts have been compounded by the export of war to neighbouring countries, and the extreme weakness of the Congolese state has led to the satellisation of large parts of its territory. This has in turn led to the privatisation and criminalisation of public space, to the advantage of both neighbouring countries and local, regional and international entrepreneurs of insecurity. From political, ideological, ethnic or security-induced, violence has become predominantly predatory, with loyalties and alliances essentially based on the search for personal or factional enrichment. In human terms, the damage caused by the occupation and plunder of eastern DRC has been colossal.
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