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Department of Politics and International Studies

Jonathan R. Beloff

BA (Richard Stockton College), MS (New York University)


Jonathan Beloff
Jonathan R. Beloff
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Thesis title:
“The Geopolitical Affects of Rwanda’s Possible Mineral Wealth”
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PhD Research

My research examines how increasing extraction and trade of domestic mineral wealth shapes Rwanda’s foreign policy. Rwanda’s foreign policy is not often a main subject for academic researchers, but in comparison, the affect of Rwanda’s mineral wealth to the country’s foreign policy is seemingly nonexistent from the time period after the Second Congo War. However, this topic is often discussed during diplomatic talks between Western states and Rwanda even during negotiations that have little to do with Rwanda’s mines, foreign policy with the DRC or military activities. I have chosen to focus on three levels of foreign engagement and actors. The first is Rwanda’s neighbor, the DRC, which Rwanda has a long and bloody history with and is still accused of illegally extracting and exporting Congolese minerals. The second is between Rwanda and the UN Group of Experts (UNGoE). Over the last two years, the deteriorating relationship between the UNGoE and the Rwandan government has led to donor states withholding their financial assistance to Rwanda. The last foreign entity is the United States of America, which has been arguably the strongest ally of the RPF regime since the genocide. The relationship between the US and Rwanda altered after the implementation of mineral trade regulations for the African Great Lakes region. My research will fill in this foreign policy gap in order for researchers and students of African foreign policy, Rwanda and the African Great Lakes region to better understand the rational of the actions of Rwanda’s foreign policy with particular focus on the country’s mineral wealth.

PhD Publications

Journal Publications:
  • China’s Political Economic Policies in Africa, Stockton Innovations (2012), Vol. 1, Issue 1.
  • How Piracy is Affecting Economic Developing in Puntland, Somalia. The Journal of Strategic Security, (2013) Vol 6, No 1.
  • The Relationship between M23 Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Rwandan Defense Force. Perceptive on Global Issues (2013) Vol 8, Issue 1.
Book Reviews:         
Currently in Print:
  • The Real Hero of Hotel Rwanda? (In Print) For an upcoming book on genocide denial by the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG). Expected published date: late 2014
  • Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era African Studies Quarterly (Spring 2014) (In Print)
  • Africa’s Urban Revolution: For LSE Review of Books: (In Print)

PhD Conferences

  • 20th Commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda: Kwibuka 20 on April 7, 2014:
    Paper being presented: “The Condition of the Rwandan Economy from After the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide”
  • Rwanda 20 Years After: Memory, Justice, and Recovery in the Shadow of Genocide conference on March 28-30, 2014: Paper being presented: “Double Genocide’ or Revenge Killings? Did the Liberators of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide Commit their own Genocide?’
  • New York University Global Secularism on November 15-16, 2013: Panel: The Public Sphere
    Paper: “The Development of the Relationship between the Public Sphere and the Church in Rwanda”
  • New York Peace Institute on November 8, 2013: Topic: “The Relationship between M23 Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Rwandan Defense Force.“


  • Researcher/Editor for the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide at the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide
  • The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center


The Great Lakes Region of Africa, Horn of Africa, Economic Development, International Trade and Genocide Studies