Hell in the shadows: Congo and the ultimate endless war of all time


Responsible Statecraft reviews CIC Senior Fellow, Jason Stearns’ new book on armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jason Stearns has sought to identify the causes of the persistence of armed conflict in Congo in his new book The War That Doesn’t Say Its Name: The Unending Conflict in the Congo, and he makes a strong case that the conflict has become self-perpetuating because of the fragmentation of armed groups, the symbiosis between opposing armed groups, and the emergence of what he calls a “military bourgeoisie” that benefits from the continuation of conflict.

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