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Vol 40 No 1

Published 8th January 1999

Africa scrambles for Africa

In the wars engulfing Central Africa, soldiers and business people are redrawing Africa's state system at terrible human cost

At the heart of Africa, the Congo-Kinshasa war has dragged more than a dozen states into its vortex and dealt a powerful blow to the tottering state system established on the continent over the past 40 years. Historians with a taste for symmetry suggest that Africa’s post-colonial state system may prove to have begun and finished with crises in the Congo. The differences at each end of the process are striking.

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