Abstract

Kabila's power takeover has been interpreted by political analysts as orchestrated by African countries fighting rebel groups using the Zairian territory as a basis for action. This regime change has also been presented as a victory of the United States over France for the control of the central African region. This article will demonstrate that this power-shift was a combination of African countries, intervention on the ground and the action of the US diplomacy in the international scene. The African engagement is even stronger in the second Congolese civil war, but has not eliminated the US influence. This influence can still be felt behind the scenes through its strategic allies and has increased since the bombing of the two embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1978
Print ISSN
0001-9887
Pages
pp. 64-85
Launched on MUSE
2000-02-01
Open Access
No
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