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Title:History Repeating Itself: The DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the UN Security Council
Author:Hawkins, Virgil
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:civil wars
military intervention
UN Security Council
peacekeeping forces
international relations
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Military, Defense and Arms
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10246029.2003.9627250
Abstract:The response of the UN Security Council to the massive world war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is characterized by an abundance of rhetoric and a deficit of concrete action. When it has acted, its actions have often been inappropriate, with the token deployment of lightly armed peacekeepers into a volatile area of ongoing conflict. In choosing such an option, it has shown how little political will there is for serious engagement, but also how little the Council has learnt from its own history. This paper analyses the Council's response to the conflict in the DRC, separating the rhetoric and the appearance of action from concrete measures designed to realize some form of conflict resolution. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]