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Riot police remove a barricade used to block a road during protests, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 20, 2016 (AP photo by John Bompengo).

As Kabila’s Control Slips, Congo’s Relations With Neighboring Angola Fray

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Angola has long been a kingmaker in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, wielding tremendous power and influence in its domestic politics. Yet despite decades of close relations, tensions are rising between the two countries. As Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s grip on power looks increasingly tenuous, Angola, which just elected a new president for the first time in nearly 38 years, fears instability on its border. In an email interview, Alex Vines, head of the Africa program at Chatham House in London and a senior lecturer at Coventry University, discusses the importance of stability in relations between Angola and Congo, why ties appear to be unraveling, and how Congo is responding.

WPR: As Angola enters the post-dos Santos era, how important are relations with neighboring Congo, and what might we expect in terms of continuity and changes in Angola-Congo ties? ...

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