"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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ISSN 0321-5075
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Policy, Economics

EXPLAINING CONFLICTS IN DR CONGO FROM INFRASTRUCTURE PERSPECTIVE

DOI:10.31857/S032150750005779-8

Evgenii N. KIRILLOV, Independent Researcher, Military Observer in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For more than twenty years the Democratic Republic of Congo has been experiencing bloody conflicts which have resulted in millions of deaths. The intervention of international community had a limited success and violence continues to date. Despite abundance of academic literature related to the theme, there are very few papers which employ quantitative research to explain this violence. Furthermore, there has not been any research which illustrated conflicts in the country from the perspective of what is called infrastructural violence.

The article aims to fill this gap and prove that infrastructural deficiencies are among the primary contributors to the violence in the DRC. The paper employs results of quantitative research and personal experiences of the author (three years as part of the UN mission in the country) to support its theoretical assumptions. The article might be very informative and helpful for the personnel of international organizations, the DRC Government and its donors. It might also be interesting for a broad circle of researchers from such areas as African, conflict and peace studies.

Keywords: DRC, Congo, conflict, violence, infrastructure