Is Rwanda’s authoritarian state sustainable?

Rwanda is the great success story of a post-conflict state in Africa. The country’s preferred narrative — one of redemption and renewal after the experience of unspeakable atrocities during the 1994 genocide — is an irresistibly inspiring one that has won Kagame and his leadership team friends in high places around the globe. Whether it is a response to an experienced journalist pointing out the Rwandan military forces’ role in perpetrating mass killings in Zaire/DRC after the genocide or Kagame’s backing of the Congolese M23 rebel movement, Kagame can count on support from his powerful friendsto defend his behavior and his interests, regardless of how undemocratic and human rights-violating his behavior might be.

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