A critical analysis of South African peacemaking in the conflicts in the Great Lakes region

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Seegers, Annette en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Yonekawa, Masako en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-31T17:58:57Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-31T17:58:57Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Yonekawa, M. 2009. A critical analysis of South African peacemaking in the conflicts in the Great Lakes region. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8997
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 133-150). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The Great Lakes region, where conflict resolution and peace operations have been a challenge for 40 years, has been the site of continuous conflicts in the 1960s and 1990s. Despite South Africa's enormous contribution as a peacemaker in the region since 1996, the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains fragile. How can another potentially deadly conflict in the Great Lakes region be prevented in the future? And how can South Africa improve its performance as a peacemaker? This dissertation analyses South Africa's peace-making efforts in the context of three events in the Great Lakes region: the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the First Congo War in 1996, and the Second Congo War in 1998. The dissertation takes an empirical approach and focuses on eastern DRC, which has the highest concentration of causalities and is crucial to the wars of the DRC. In addition to literature and documents, I have also incorporated key informant interviews and my own personal observations during my assignment as a humanitarian worker from March 2007 to July 2008. These interviews and observations may shed light on the conflict from the perspective of Congolese people. I argue that South Africa has failed as a peacemaker due to four main factors: South Africa's inadequate knowledge of mediation skills; its ambivalent and contradictory foreign policy that stressed the country's interests; its insufficient understanding of major causes, aggravating factors and the nature of this regionalised conflict; and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)'s paradoxical politics. The aim of this dissertation is to explore possible solutions to conflict by strengthening South Africa's peace-making opportunities, which IS the key to implementing successful conflict prevention. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other International Relations en_ZA
dc.title A critical analysis of South African peacemaking in the conflicts in the Great Lakes region en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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