In an interview with Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, political science professor Séverine Autesserre discusses her research on the Democratic Republic of Congo and peace-building efforts there. An excerpt:
"In many places, the peacekeepers that I see, the NGOs [non-governmental organizations], they’re the only ones who can basically save lives. The peacekeeping soldiers, in many places, they are the last resource for the population. The NGOs who run cholera epidemic scans, who do emergency food distribution, emergency health care, they are the only ones who can help people survive in situations of enormous crisis. So I think intervention itself is not at stake. What I’m criticizing is the way we focus so much on international and national conflicts that we forget all the local drivers of conflict and all the local agendas."
Read the full interview.
Prof. Autesserre is the author of The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding, which won the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.