Release date: March 1, 2001
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Expert On African Politics, Ethnic Conflict To Speak At Emory March
||M. Crawford Young, H. Edwin Young Professor of Political
Science at the University of Wisconsin
||Lecture on "Congo-Kinshasa: The Unending Crisis"
||8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
||207 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, on the Emory campus.
||Free and open to the public. 404-727-6402. To see a map of campus,
go to: http://www.emory.edu/MAP/.
M. Crawford Young is the H. Edwin Young Professor of Political Science
at the University of Wisconsin. He is a leading expert on African politics,
cultural pluralism, comparative politics and the state. He will discuss
the intractable nature of the ongoing struggles in the Democratic Republic
of Congo, formerly known as Zaire.
Young will place the long-running Congo-Kinshasa crisis in context by
identifying a number of novel dimensions to the civil disorder afflicting
many African states at the turn of the century. The process of state
deterioration in the last two decades of the Mobutu era, and their consequences,
provide a background to understanding the ways in which the regime crumbled
in 1997. The inability of Laurent Kabila to win either internal or external
legitimacy for his self-proclaimed presidency set the stage for the
1998 Rwandan-Ugandan operation in support of new rebel groups, which
soon fragmented. The ensuing impasse, which eventually involved seven
foreign armies and four principal Congolese armed factions, became intractable.
The question now is whether the assassination of Kabila, and succession
by Joseph Kabila, offer any possibility of resolution.
Among Youngs many books and articles are "The Politics of
Cultural Pluralism" (1976), "Ideology and Development in Africa"
(1982), "The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State" (with
Thomas Turner-1985), "The Rising Tide of Cultural Pluralism; The
Nation-State at Bay?" (1993), "The African Colonial State
in Comparative Perspective" (1994) and "The Accommodation
of Cultural Diversity" (1999).
Young is considered the preeminent scholar of politics in the Democratic
Republic of Congo/Zaire. His co-authored book, "Rise and Decline
of the Zairian State," is still considered by scholars to be the
definitive treatment of Mobutus Zaire. In 1991 he received the
African Studies Associations Distinguished Africanist
Award, the highest honor it bestows.
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