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Title:Burying the hatchet? Britain and France in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author:Cumming, Gordon D.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Great Britain
Subjects:foreign policy
international cooperation
peacekeeping operations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41474946
Abstract:Against the background of conflict in the Great Lakes Region, the UK and France promised, at their 1998 Saint-Malo summit, to set aside rivalries and cooperate on Africa. In subsequent Anglo-French gatherings, they singled out the DRC and pledged to work together there to promote peace and tackle poverty. This article asks whether this coordination took place and whether it involved a 'deconflictualization' of approaches, 'coincidental' cooperation, or 'sustained and reciprocal' collaboration. It looks for evidence of institutionalization of UK-French ties and policy cooperation in the fields of peacebuilding and poverty reduction. It then identifies the pressures for, and barriers to, collaboration, focusing particularly on the role of interests, foreign policy norms, institutional factors and resource constraints. It concludes by setting out the wider implications of UK-French cooperation and the limited prospects of closer future collaboration. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]