Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Since 1885, when the United States' government became the first to officially recognize King Leopold's claim to the Congo, the United States has continuously undermined the democratic attempts and economic prosperity of the Congolese population. Throughout the DRC's political history the United States has successfully used covert operations under the guise of the United Nations, clandestine CIA maneuvers, and/or the pretense of humanitarian relief to control American interests in the Great Lakes Region. Although other western nations have used their own means to advance their interests in the Congo, this paper will focus on the US' role in the Congo. Through an historical account of events that shaped the DRC and through an analysis of the United States' actions during distinct periods in Congolese political history, this paper will show how the US undermined the dreams of the Congolese people for the security of its own national interests and how the US has now denied responsibility in the current Congolese crisis and deserted the dying nation in its time of greatest need.
Date of Award
Department of Modern Languages
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©2003 Kelly Shell
Shell, Kelly, "Creating chaos: US' policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo" (2003). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 138.