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SOAS scholar co-edits special edition of JEAS on Rwanda 20 years after genocide

3 April 2014

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS, University of London has co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Eastern African Studies (JEAS) focusing on Rwanda 20 years after the genocide.

Edited with Jason Mosley, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme at Chatham House, the edition entitled, Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing twenty years of post-conflict governance, analyses the nature and effects of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front.

Growing out of an October 2013 conference at SOAS, the JEAS issue brings together a broad spectrum of commentators to debate the nature of Rwandan politics under the RPF and its impact on the post-genocide reconstruction process, regional relations and the wellbeing of everyday Rwandans.

Dr Clark said: “In the two decades since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has experienced substantial political, social and economic change, due mainly to the ambitious policies of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Analyses of RPF rule, especially since Paul Kagame became President in 2000, vary greatly, with some scholars characterising it as a visionary form of post-conflict governance and development and others as a destructive brand of national social engineering and the steady entrenchment of authoritarianism.”

Rather than simply commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the genocide, this special issue analyses the effects of the RPF’s particular brand of governance, including in shaping Rwanda’s future political, social and economic trajectories.

Click through to access Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing twenty years of post-conflict governance.