Security, Conflict and Exploitation in Congo

The  Democratic Republic of Congo  (DRC) is one of the largest countries in Africa and has experienced intense human and resource exploitation and violence throughout its history. This talk explores the links between violence, resources and political power, and the effects that these have had on development and migration. The recent presidential elections have seen a relatively peaceful handover of power, and the emergence of a new form of political opposition. These have taken place alongside a marked continuation in the destitution suffered by majority of the population, and a critical lack of service provision, which is evident in the responses made to the on-going Ebola outbreak  in the east of the country. 

 Zoe Marriage is a Reader in Development Studies at SOAS  and a member of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice.  She has researched extensively in countries affected by conflict in Africa and has focused on the relationship between security and development in the DRC publishing on demobilisation and the imposition and pursuit of security  (Formal Peace and Informal War, Routledge 2013).  She will talk about the current situation in the DRC and the prospects for development and security.

Marriage, Zoe (2018) ‘The Elephant in the Room: Off-shore companies, liberalisation and extension of presidential power in DR Congo.  Third World Quarterly, 39 (5). pp. 889-905.

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15th April 2019


International assistance to countries at war – the Democratic Republic

Zoë Marriage is Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she teaches courses on Security and on Violence, Conflict and Development. Zoë has researched extensively into aid and assistance in countries at war in Africa and into security, particularly with reference to the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the author of Not Breaking the Rules, Not Playing the Game (Hirst, 2006). Zoe will discuss the security situation in Congo and how this has been affected by recent events such as the Transition period and the contested elections. She will then explore what the implications are for international development organisations and the countries in which they are based.