Police Brutality as Congolese Protest

Today marks the twenty-year anniversary of the 1992 Marche des Chrétiens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a non-violent protest against the authoritarian regime of Mobutu Sese Seko that was violently repressed. Two decades later, the Catholic church picked this symbolic date, Thursday 16 February, as a day of non-violent mass protest against the […]

For Next Steps in Congo, Listen to the Congolese

It’s difficult to make sense of the reactions of many Western governments and international actors to the disastrous elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on November 28, 2011. Initial responses from the United States and the European Union were muted, and Belgium later congratulated President Joseph Kabila on his reelection. As the […]

Public Uses of History: Expectations and Ambiguities

Jacques Revel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Jacques Revel is Professor of History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, former EHESS President and Global Distinguished Professorof History and the Institute of French Studies at New York University. His English publications in this area include the co-edited volume Political Uses of […]