Circumventing the trap of the predatory African state narrative: Reflections from research on the Congolese armed forces

In this blog, Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen argue that we need to move beyond the idea that the Congolese army is simply an abusive force that preys on local civilians. This depiction overlooks all the ways in which citizens make use of the army to help settle local and personal disputes. It also suggests that there is a clear line between state and society or combatant and non-combatant, which are impossible to maintain in practice. This blog is based on research published in Third World Quarterly. Maria and Judith are both Senior Researchers at the Nordic Africa Institute. 

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