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Filip Reyntjens
University of Antwerp
89Publications
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#1Filip Reyntjens (University of Antwerp)H-Index: 16
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ABSTRACTThe transition from precolonial to colonial rule at the end of the nineteenth century, the 1959–61 revolution followed by independence in 1962, and the 1994 genocide followed by the RPF’s military victory are defining moments of modern Rwandan history. Each of these periods was a major break with the previous one. However, there are also striking continuities throughout the entire history spanning the precolonial to the post-genocide eras. Continuities include the concentration of power,...
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#1Andrea Purdeková (University of Oxford)H-Index: 5
#2Filip Reyntjens (University of Antwerp)H-Index: 16
Last.Nina Wilén (ULB: Université libre de Bruxelles)H-Index: 7
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In this article, we develop and expand the rebel-to-ruler literature to go beyond ‘rebel transformations’, in order to examine the transformation and militarisation of the entire post-genocide society in Rwanda. Through a historical and socio-political analysis of the military’s influence in post-genocide Rwanda, we argue that the adoption of military norms and ethos, drawn from an idealised and reconstructed pre-colonial history rather than simply an insurgent past, motivates the military’s cen...
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#2Anke FiedlerH-Index: 3
Last.Marijke VerpoortenH-Index: 13
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#1Filip Reyntjens (University of Antwerp)H-Index: 16
This article argues that constitutional engineering along consociational lines in Burundi – explicitly accommodating ethnicity rather than attempting to suppress it – was instrumental in reducing the political role of ethnicity, but that other endogenous and exogenous factors also played a role. After surveying developments since 1988, this article focuses on the 2005 polls. The outcome of the parliamentary elections suggests that the “disappearance of the ethnic factor,” extolled by many at the...
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type="main"> Legal pluralism and hybrid governance are two lines of research that address the interactions between state (official) and non-state (unofficial) norms. Both come to similar observations, yet they seem hardly aware of each other's existence. With very few exceptions, the one does not refer to the other. This article seeks to explore whether links can be established. It presents both lines of research, identifies common ground, explores what they can learn from each other, and seeks ...
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ABSTRACTThe Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) has developed an elaborate ideology that it articulates widely and skilfully. While some themes have been the subject of research, an overall approach is lacking. This article brings together analyses of four major themes in the RPF's ideology. Two are closely related: history is the backward-looking basis for the RPF's societal policies, while national unity and reconciliation are the present and forward-looking ones. The two other themes addressed are ...
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#1Tobias HagmannH-Index: 15
#2Filip Reyntjens (University of Antwerp)H-Index: 16
In 2013 almost half of Africa’s top aid recipients were ruled by authoritarian regimes. While the West may claim to promote democracy and human rights, in practice major bilateral and international ...
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#1Josaphat MusambaH-Index: 2
#2Christoph VogelH-Index: 5
Last.Marijke VerpoortenH-Index: 13
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In the past two decades numerous academic studies have focused on artisanal mining governance in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nevertheless, researchers, policy-makers and organizations that debate or engage in reforming the artisanal mining (ASM) sector in the region are often unaware of local terminology, which sometimes causes inaccurate interpretations. As these terminologies are non-codified, fluid, and evolving, they are often reserved exclusively to insiders,...
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