The 2019 RVI Great Lakes Field Course offers a regional and thematic approach to understanding politics, security and development in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda. It examines the political evolution of these conflict-affected polities and focuses on commonalties and differences in approaches to leadership and governance, regional relations and security dynamics.
Over a decade after the official end of large-scale wars, the Great Lakes Region continues to struggle with the peaceful transfer of political power and democratic consolidation. As political elites in these countries consolidates their power and continue to slide towards authoritarianism through legal and informal means, the course will look at the different contexts and trajectories of governance, security sector reforms and the role international and regional organizations have played in crisis management.
The Course will also offer an analysis of trends in armed group mobilization in the eastern Congo as well as existing and potential impacts on neighboring countries. Away from power politics, the course will address how ordinary citizens, in both urban and rural areas, weather economic and other challenges. The Co-Directors of Studies for the course will be Yolande Bouka and Marco Jowell. They will be joined by a team of leading experts, including Jason Stearns, Willy Nindorera and Assumpta Mugiraneza.
The course will be in English and French with simultaneous translation.
Syllabus coming soon