Jason Stearns is a PhD candidate at Yale University and organizer of the Great Lakes course at the Rift Valley Institute. He is the author of "Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa" (2011, Perseus Books Group).

The Congo: A Revolution Deferred


In the run-up to last November’s presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cassandras were easy to find on the streets of Kinshasa. “Ça va péter,” a parliamentarian told me, “It’s going to blow up.” It wasn’t hard to see why. Both the incumbent Joseph Kabila and his main opponent Etienne Tshisekedi toasted […]