On the DR Congo


L’État en morceaux:  la politique au Congo au prisme du découpage territorial.  Co-edited with Balthazar Ngoy Kimpulwa.  Brussels/Paris: Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale/L’Harmattan. (Forthcoming)

La politique au Congo au-dela des elections de 2018” (with George Kasongo Kalumba). In A. Nyenyezi (ed.) Conjonctures de l’Afrique Centrale 2020. Paris/Tervuren: l’Harmattan/MRAC, 23-43, 2020

Congo: One Year Later,” AfricaSource (Atlantic Council), 14 January 2020


“The DRC’s Electoral Sideshow,” Journal of Democracy, July, 30(3):124-138, July 2019

“Tribulations tribales: estimations démographiques commentées des ethnies congolaises par nouvelles provinces” (with Alma Bezares Calderon). In A. Nyenyezi (ed.). Conjonctures de l’Afrique Centrale 2019. Paris/Tervuren: L’Harmattan/MRAC, 25-60. 2019

Lessons from Congo’s 2018 Elections,” New Atlanticist, January 11,

Where Does State Capacity Come from? Conjectures from DRC’s New Provinces, with Alma Bezares Calderon, Overseas Development Institute SLRC Working Paper65, February 2019.

Congo’s 2018 Elections: An Analysis of Implausible Results,” African Arguments,
January 10, 2019


Tangled! Congolese Provincial Elites in a Web of Patronage, with Lisa Jené, Overseas Development Institute SLRC Working Paper 64, January 2018.

Congo’s Election Sham,” Blog op-ed for AfricaSource (Atlantic Council), December
19, (with Georges Kasongo Kalumba) 2018

Provincial Tribalisation: the Transformation of Ethnic Representativeness under Decentralisation in the DR Congo, with Alma Bezares Calderon and Lisa Jené, Overseas Development Institute SLRC Working Paper 61, July 2018.

“Avantages et dérapages d’un découpage,” Jeune Afrique, 3011, 23-29 September:31. 2018

Below the Surface: A Game Changer in Congolese Politics,” Blog op-ed for
AfricaSource (Atlantic Council), July 16, 2018

Congolese Opposition Unifies ahead of Presidential Elections,” Blog op-ed for
AfricaSource (Atlantic Council), May 30, 2018


“Uncertainty, Autonomy and Parasitism: Decentralised Territorial Entities and the State
in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” In B. Hibou, B. Samuel & L. Fourchard (Eds.).
The Spirits of Neoliberal Reforms and Everyday Politics of the State in Africa. Dakar:
Amalion Publishing.


Congo Blues: Scoring Kabila’s Governance.”  Atlantic Council, Issue Brief, May 2016.

“Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” In Myriam Dunn Cavelty & Thierry Balzacq (eds.).  The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies, 2nd edition, 2016.

“The Democratic Republic of Congo:  The Politics of Perpetual Crisis.”  In Peter Lewis and John Harbeson (eds.).  Coping with Crisis in African States.  Boulder, Col.: Lynne Rienner, 2016, 89-114.

Misguided and Misdiagnosed: The Failure of Decentralization Reforms in the DR Congo.” African Studies Review, April 2016, 59(1):5-32 (with Emmanuel Kasongo).


“Essor provincial et asphyxie locale: Paradoxe des réformes de décentralisation en RD Congo.” in Paule Bouvier & Jean Omasombo (eds.).  Décentralisation et espaces de pouvoir.  Brussels: Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale, 2014, 51-63 (with Emmanuel Kasongo).

“DR Congo: Making the Economy Work for the Congolese People.” Working paper,
Brenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa, September.


Contestation, négociation et résistance: l’Etat congolais au quotidien” Politique Africaine, March, 129 :5-22 (with Denis Tull).

« Incertitude, autonomie et parasitisme : les entités territoriales décentralisées et l’État en République démocratique du Congo, » Politique Africaine, March 2012, 125 :169-188.


The Democratic Republic of Congo: Fault Lines and Local Fissures.”  In Jeffrey Herbst, Terence McNamee and Greg Mills (eds.), On the Fault Line: Managing Tensions and Divisions within Societies.  Profile Books, 2011.


“Clinton’s Challenge in Congo,” Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor, 10 August.


“Congo’s Implausible Democracy.” In Foreign Policy online, July, (with P. Bouvier).

Life Support or Assisted Suicide? Dilemmas of US Policy towards the Democratic Republic of Congo.” In Nancy Birdsall et al. (eds.).  Short of the Goal:  US Policy and Poorly Performing States.  Brookings Institution Press, 2006, 53-82.

“Why Congo Persists:  Sovereignty, Globalization and the Violent Reproduction of a Weak State.” In Valpy Fitzgerald et al. (eds.).  Globalization, Self-Determination and Violent Conflict.  Palgrave, 2006, 119-146.  A longer version is available as Queen Elizabeth House Working Paper WPS95, Feb. 2003.


“Souveraineté, sous-développement et le paradoxe nationaliste congolais,” Mondes en Développement, 2003, 31(123):63-87.


A Research Note on Congo’s Nationalist Paradox.” Review of African Political Economy, September-December 2002, 29(93/94):591-594.

picture © Cédric Kalonji 2007.

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