MEDIA & FOREIGN POLICY IN THE TRUMP ERA

Media & Cultural Identity Profile in an Autobiographical Video

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   Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila, has ruled since his father’s assassination in 2001. Al Jazeera English, launched in 2006 after Al Jazeera Arabic from 1996 which was the first independent news channel in in the Arab world. According to Al Jazeera’s article by David Child earlier this month, the DRC has never had a peaceful transition of power; its first democratically elected leader, Patrice Lumumba, was assassinated in 1961, one year after the country gained independence from Belgium. Following Lumumba’s CIA-backed assassination, President Mobutu Sese Seko ruled until Laurent-Desire Kabila forced him out in 1997. In turn, after Kabila’s assassination in 2001, his son, Joseph Kabila began rule. Al Jazeera reports that Joseph Kabila was declared the winner of elections in 2006 and 2011, but both polls were marred by violence and opposition allegations of widespread fraud....

Policy Issue: The United States' relationship with Africa's rapid socio-economic development

 

Potential Media Stories: 

1. Donald Trump vows to end Africa's 'vicious' conflicts , 12 July 2018, BBC News

2. US Niger ambush: How raft of failures ended in death by Alastair Leithead, BBC News, 11 May 2018

3. Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union, 12 January 2018, BBC News

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Interview Podcast

For my podcast, I interviewed Adrienne LeBas, an Assistant Professor of Government at the School of Public Affairs at American University. She was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She studies social movements, political parties, and democratization with a regional focus on Africa. 

The Democratic Republic of Congo has never had a peaceful transition of power. In the early 1900s, the Belgian state annexed Congo with millions of Congolese said to have been killed or worked to death during King Leopold’s control of the territory. In 1959, Belgium began to lose control over events in the Congo following serious nationalist riots in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa). Shortly thereafter, DRC’s first democratically elected leader, Patrice Lumumba, was assassinated in 1961, one year after the country gained independence from Belgium.