Zaire: Continuity and Political Change in an Oppressive State

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Zaire: Continuity and Political Change in an Oppressive State

By Winsome J. Leslie
Westview Press, 1993
204 pp. $46.95
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Good news from Zaire is hard to find, but at least one can hope for the bad news to be served up palatably. This highly informative introduction to Africa's worst-case development debacle provides a balanced and dispassionate overview of the country's history, politics, mineral-based economy, demography, social conditions and foreign relations. Le mal Zairois corruption so endemic and so dismally abetted by Washington over decades of Cold War diplomacy has now bestirred reform-minded forces in Zairian politics, but the author offers little evidence that the guileful Mobutu, or the kleptocratic system he has perfected, could become history any time soon.

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