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Doing business out of war: an analysis of the UPDF's presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Koen Vlassenroot UGent, Sandrine Perrot and Jeroen Cuvelier UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES. 6(1). p.2-21
abstract
This paper analyses how Ugandan army commanders have mobilised transborder economic networks to exploit economic opportunities in eastern DRC during the military intervention of the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) in Congo's wars (1996-97; 1998-2003). These transborder networks are the starting point of our evaluation of the informal political structures and networks linking Uganda's political centre to Congo's war complex. While it is often claimed that military entrepreneurismalism in the DRC has undermined political stability in Uganda, we argue that the activities of Ugandan military entrepreneurs and networks under their control were an integral part of Uganda's governance regime. Crucial to the development of this entrepreneurialism was the existence of pre-war transborder networks of economic exchange that were connecting Congo to eastern African markets. Military control over these highly informalised networks facilitated UPDF commanders' access to Congo's resources. Rather than operating as privatised sources of accumulation, these military shadow networks were directly linked to the inner circles of the Ugandan regime.
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author
organization
year
type
journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
Uganda, borderlands, DRC, intervention, military entrepreneurialism, UGANDA, RESOURCES, EASTERN AFRICA
journal title
JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES
J. East. Afr. Stud.
editor
Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot UGent
volume
6
issue
1
issue title
Uganda from the margins
pages
2 - 21
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000304375900001
JCR category
AREA STUDIES
JCR impact factor
0.362 (2012)
JCR rank
38/65 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
1753-1055
DOI
10.1080/17531055.2012.664701
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2097432
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2097432
date created
2012-05-02 15:51:49
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:01:57
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  author       = {Vlassenroot, Koen and Perrot, Sandrine and Cuvelier, Jeroen},
  editor       = {Allen, Tim and Vlassenroot, Koen},
  issn         = {1753-1055},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES},
  keyword      = {Uganda,borderlands,DRC,intervention,military entrepreneurialism,UGANDA,RESOURCES,EASTERN AFRICA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {2--21},
  title        = {Doing business out of war: an analysis of the UPDF's presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2012.664701},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Vlassenroot, Koen, Sandrine Perrot, and Jeroen Cuvelier. 2012. “Doing Business Out of War: An Analysis of the UPDF’s Presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Ed. Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot. Journal of Eastern African Studies 6 (1): 2–21.
APA
Vlassenroot, Koen, Perrot, S., & Cuvelier, J. (2012). Doing business out of war: an analysis of the UPDF’s presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (T. Allen & K. Vlassenroot, Eds.)JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES, 6(1), 2–21.
Vancouver
1.
Vlassenroot K, Perrot S, Cuvelier J. Doing business out of war: an analysis of the UPDF’s presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Allen T, Vlassenroot K, editors. JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES. 2012;6(1):2–21.
MLA
Vlassenroot, Koen, Sandrine Perrot, and Jeroen Cuvelier. “Doing Business Out of War: An Analysis of the UPDF’s Presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Ed. Tim Allen & Koen Vlassenroot. JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES 6.1 (2012): 2–21. Print.