Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations
with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public
Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler
of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest today
is Professor Wamba dia Wamba, who is a historian and who is serving as a
senator in the transitional senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He is also vice president of the Senate Permanent Commission on Legal and
- Background ... mission schools ...
lineage and Christian values ... coming of age in struggle for independence
... ABAKO ... entering politics ... Daniel Kanza ... education in U.S.
- The Recent History of the Congo ...
Belgian colony ... independence and Patrice Lumumba ... Cold War and Mobutu
... missed opportunities for institution-building
- Consolidating a Modern Democratic State
... creating conditions for democracy ... new constitution ... traditional
Congolese ideas supporting democracy ... ensuring equity in foreign partnerships
- Charting the Congo's Future ... moving
from an economy of conquest ... modern statecraft vs. needs of post-colonial
societies ... international support ... civic education ... overcoming warfare
and factionalism ... Lusaka Accord ... desire for unity ... rebuilding infrastructure
... people-to-people relationships
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