The Dynamics of Violence in Central Africa by René Lemarchand received positive notice in today's Books & Art section of The Economist. The magazine praises Lemarchand, along with fellow Frenchman Gérard Prunier, for their efforts to "disprove fashionable hypotheses about the war" in the eastern Congo region. Here's a quote from the review:
"Mr Lemarchand. . . convincingly argues
that, although natural resources may prolong wars, they do not start
them. The cause of the war, he says, was social and political
exclusion. This is still not being remedied by any of the
belligerents—or the foreign donors whose millions enable the local
leaders to maintain the state of war."
The complete review is available at the Economist.com.