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Burying the hatchet? Britain and France in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Cumming, Gordon David 2011. Burying the hatchet? Britain and France in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Journal of Modern African Studies 49 (4) , pp. 547-573. 10.1017/S0022278X11000474

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Against the background of conflict in the Great Lakes Region, the UK and France promised, at their 1998 Saint-Malo summit, to set aside rivalries and cooperate on Africa. In subsequent Anglo-French gatherings, they singled out the DRC and pledged to work together there to promote peace and tackle poverty. This article asks whether this coordination took place and whether it involved a ‘deconflictualisation’ of approaches, ‘coincidental’ cooperation, or ‘sustained and reciprocal’ collaboration. It looks for evidence of institutionalisation of UK-French ties and policy cooperation in the fields of peacebuilding and poverty reduction. It then identifies the pressures for, and barriers to, collaboration, focusing particularly on the role of interests, foreign policy norms, institutional factors and resource constraints. It concludes by setting out the wider implications of UK-French cooperation and the limited prospects of closer future collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 24/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0022-278X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:14

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